Thursday, 6 December 2018

Ceisteanna (221)

Róisín Shortall

Ceist:

221. Deputy Róisín Shortall asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment the grant and funding schemes operated by his Department; the value of each scheme; and the basis or criteria used for the allocation of funding in respect of each scheme. [51400/18]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Communications)

There are a number of grant schemes administered either directly by my Department or on behalf of my Department by the agencies under its aegis, for which funding can be applied for.  I have set out in the table details of the programmes, the basis or criteria used for the allocation of funding and the value of the Project/Grant.

Name of Scheme

Basis or Criteria used for allocation of funding

Value of Project/Grant in €

Local Authority Anti-Litter Anti-Graffiti Awareness Grant (2018)

Allocations to local authorities are based on local authority functional area population. The individual projects which will receive funding are proposed by local authorities.

€883,731 (in 2018)

Local Agenda 21 Local Environmental Partnership Fund (2018)

Allocations to local authorities are based on local authority functional area population. The individual projects which will receive funding are proposed by local authorities.

€442,145 (in 2018)

Alternative Energy Requirement (AER)

Bidding Competition: Renewable electricity generating plants with grid connection, planning permission and title.

As this scheme was a bidding competition, the methodology was approved by the European Commission and not a value/budget.

Renewable Energy Feed-in Tariff (REFIT) 1

Renewable electricity generating plants with grid connection, planning permission and title.

€10 million per year approx. for 15 years.

Renewable Energy Feed-in Tariff (REFIT) 2

Renewable electricity generating plants with grid connection, planning permission and title.

€196 million per annum approx. for 15 years.

Renewable Energy Feed-in Tariff (REFIT) 3

Biomass/CHP electricity generating plants with grid connection, planning permission and title.

€70 million per annum approx. for 15 years.

Ocean energy Prototype Development Fund (PDF)

The PDF supports innovation by providing funding to offshore renewable energy development projects. The scheme is open to the public and private sector based in Ireland or carrying out projects in Ireland. In some circumstances, SEAI may fund Irish organisations for work completed overseas. This work must be necessary to complete the project, or solve specific Irish issues.

€5 million per annum approx. up to December 2020.

Electric Vehicle Purchase Grant Scheme*

Ongoing & demand-led. Grant of up to €5,000 towards the purchase of a new electric vehicle (EV).

Expected spend in 2018 is €9.5 million.

Electric Vehicle Home Charger Grant Scheme*

Ongoing & demand-led. Grant of up to €600 towards the installation of an EV chargepoint in the home.  Owners of new or second hand EVs, who have not previously received support for installation of a home charger, may qualify.

 

Expected spend in 2018 is €0.7 million.

Support Scheme for Renewable Heat (SSRH)*

The Support Scheme for Renewable Heat applies to non-domestic heat users at sites not covered by the Emissions Trading Scheme.

 

Under Project Ireland 2040, the National Development Plan sets out an allocation of €300 million for the rollout of the scheme for the period 2018 to 2027.

Climate Action Fund (CAF)

Funding for initiatives that contribute to the achievement of Ireland's climate and energy targets in a cost effective manner, or offer the potential for innovative interventions in these sectors, and which would not otherwise be developed.

€500 million from 2019 to 2028.

Eel Support Fund

Established to address the hardship experienced by commercial eel fishermen and women in the light of the closure of the commercial eel fishery for conservation reasons. The fund is available to all persons who were the holder of a commercial public eel licence or an eel fishing permit from the ESB in the 2007 season (the base year). The 5 reckonable years for payments under the scheme are 2003-2007.  In respect of former fishermen and women who were the holder of a licence or permit in the base year, payment will involve a tax free element for each of the 5 reckonable years for which the applicant was a licence or permit holder.  A further taxable element will be based on the average annual catch, as declared by the applicant, during the reckonable years.

€3 million.  The fund will be paid over a period of three years 2018 to 2020 and the amount will be paid in three instalments.

 

 The Department’s agency Inland Fisheries Ireland (IFI) also manages the National Strategy for Angling Development and other funding schemes and I have asked Inland Fisheries Ireland to liaise directly with the Deputy in this regard.

*Note: Electric Vehicle Purchase Grant Scheme, Home Charger Grant Scheme and Support Scheme for Renewable Heat are administered on behalf of the Department by the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland.

Questions Nos. 222 and 223 answered with Question No. 218.