ESB Group has reported higher operating profits of €294m for the six months to the end of June.

The group continues to invest in energy infrastructure and reported capital investment worth €396m during the six month period as it continues to plan for a low carbon energy future.

Profit after interest and tax for the six month period came in at €132m.

ESB said it is developing the electricity network to facilitate increased renewable and other distributed energy resource connections along with increases in customer demand.

It is also helping its customers to take more control of their energy use through smart energy services for both homes and businesses.

ESB has announced an interim dividend of €38m for 2019 and said that total dividends paid to the Exchequer over the past ten years amounted to €1.2 billion.

Pat Fenlon, ESB's chief financial officer, noted that the company also issued Ireland's first corporate public Green Bond in the six month period.

"Through our Brighter Future 2030 Strategy, ESB continues to invest in energy infrastructure to help deliver a low carbon energy future.

"Delivering long term value for the benefit of our customers, shareholders and the wider  economy continues to be a key focus for ESB," Mr Fenlon stated.