Wednesday, 10 July 2013

Ceisteanna (180, 186)

Seamus Kirk

Ceist:

180. Deputy Seamus Kirk asked the Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources his plans to make investments in on-farm micro-energy installation; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [33913/13]

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Seamus Kirk

Ceist:

186. Deputy Seamus Kirk asked the Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources his plans to review and change the micro-energy generation strategy in view of its unfavourable comparison to EU norms; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [33911/13]

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Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Communications)

I propose to take Questions Nos. 180 and 186 together.

Electric Ireland has been offering a 9c/kwh feed in tariff, on a commercial basis, to domestic microgenerators since February 2009. No other electricity supply company has to date chosen to enter the domestic market and to offer a microgeneration feed-in-tariff on a commercial basis, although the Commission for Energy Regulation invited them to do so. In addition, no company has opted to offer, on a commercial basis, a feed-in-tariff for microgeneration to the commercial and industrial sectors.

Previously, a joint ESB/Electric Ireland microgeneration support scheme for the domestic sector offering a total of 19c/kwh (comprising €10c/kwh from ESB Networks combined with the 9c/kwh from ESB Customer Supply (now Electric Ireland)) ran for 3 years from February 2009 to February 2012, and had a take up of between 500 and 600 installations.

In view of falling technology costs, my Department has recently asked the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI) to update analysis on the costs of varying levels of support for microgeneration technologies, with a view to considering how the sector, including on-farm microgeneration, could be supported in the future. This analysis will also cover non-tariff support mechanisms, the cost of which is not funded from the Public Service Obligation.