Tuesday, 23 July 2019

Questions (2197)

Jack Chambers


2197. Deputy Jack Chambers asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment if a working group on microgeneration has been established by his Department; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [32062/19]

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Written answers (Question to Communications)

The All-of-Government Climate Action Plan which I recently launched will ensure that Ireland will reach our 2030 targets and will put us on the right trajectory to meet net zero emissions by 2050. One of the Plan deliverables will be the development of a support policy for micro-generation which will provide a pathway to the public to participate in and benefit from this transition. Action 30 of the Plan, which includes the establishment of a working group in Q3 2019, sets out the steps necessary and timelines for the delivery of an enabling framework for micro-generation. It is intended that the working group will be established shortly.

The Plan provides that a support payment for excess electricity generated on site and exported to the grid will be available to all micro-generators by 2021. As laid out in the Annex of Actions, the ESBNetworks (ESBN) and the Commission for the Regulation of Utilities (CRU) will assess potential implications for the distribution network of higher penetrations of micro-generation by the end of 2019.