Wednesday, 13 April 2011

Questions (108)

Robert Dowds

Question:

123 Deputy Robert Dowds asked the Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources if the implementation of the commitment in the programme for Government to facilitate the development of energy co-operatives will include a specific programme to support the development of co-operatives to exploit geothermal energy sources. [7896/11]

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Written answers (Question to Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources)

In line with the programme for Government commitment to facilitate the development of renewable energy co-operatives for small scale renewable energy providers, I have asked my Department and the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland, in the context of assessing ways of encouraging microgeneration, to explore the scope for co-operative approaches. I can advise the Deputy that small-scale geothermal technologies are included in the Greener Homes Scheme currently operated by the authority.