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Electricity Generation

Dáil Éireann Debate, Thursday - 4 November 2021

Thursday, 4 November 2021

Questions (81)

Cathal Crowe


81. Deputy Cathal Crowe asked the Minister for the Environment, Climate and Communications if ESB Moneypoint will be utilised on an increased capacity basis over the next 12 months to ensure that Ireland generates enough electricity to meet domestic demand levels. [53436/21]

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Written answers (Question to Environment)

Operational decisions pertaining to the power station referred to are a matter for the ESB and I have no function in the matter.

The quantity of electricity produced by any individual power station is determined primarily through the operation of the wholesale electricity market for Ireland and Northern Ireland, the Integrated Single Electricity Market (I-SEM), which is governed by the SEM Committee. Accordingly, the utilisation of the power station referred to over the next 12 months will be determined by a range of factors including the cost of fossil fuel inputs, Emissions Trading System (ETS) permits, interconnector flows and the availability of renewable generation.