Wednesday, 17 July 2013

Questions (17)

Clare Daly

Question:

17. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources if he will report on the progress and or status of the smaller Irish wave energy developers (details supplied), all of whom received grant aid from the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland's ocean energy development unit. [34275/13]

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Written answers (Question to Communications)

I am advised by the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI) that the wave energy developers to which the Deputy refers have all received payment in respect of funding approved and allocated for their projects with the exception of one, which was deemed to be of insufficient technical merit and, therefore, was not approved for funding. All of the approved projects were completed between 2009 and 2012. I understand that, based on their contacts with the SEAI, 5 of the 7 companies listed remain active in the area of wave energy research and development.