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Electricity Generation

Dáil Éireann Debate, Tuesday - 19 November 2019

Tuesday, 19 November 2019

Questions (526)

Michael Harty


526. Deputy Michael Harty asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment if the ESB has provided him with the list of options for the future of Moneypoint when the electricity generating plan must cease burning coal by 2025; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [47648/19]

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Written answers (Question to Communications)

The ESB has confirmed that, in line with Government policy, coal-fired electricity generation will cease at Moneypoint no later than 2025. The ESB has informed me of a range of potential technologies it is examining including biomass, combined cycle gas, gas peaking plants, offshore wind, electricity storage or a combination of these.

ESB operates commercially in the wholesale electricity market on the island, the Single Electricity Market. The development of replacement generation for Moneypoint is contingent on a commercially viable project, noting that revenues would include those from the wholesale market, capacity auctions and ancillary services.