Thursday, 14 November 2019

Ceisteanna (159)

Brendan Griffin

Ceist:

159. Deputy Brendan Griffin asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment if there is grant aid available to farmers to increase the electricity supplies to their farm enterprises; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [46965/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Communications)

Improvements for farm enterprises are supported by the Department for Agriculture, Food and Marine, under the Pig and Poultry Investment Scheme as part of the Targeted Agricultural Modernisation Schemes. The Minister for Agriculture, Food and Marine announced an expansion of the Scheme in April 2019 which includes €17 million in grant supports specifically aimed at improving energy efficiency in the farming sector. Solar PV Installation of 6kWp and Battery Storage Systems on farms were provided for, on a pilot basis, with effect from April 2019. Grant aid under TAMS II is available at a rate of 40%, or of up to 60% in the case of qualified young farmers. Full details are available at: https://www.agriculture.gov.ie/farmerschemespayments/tams/

The management of connections to the electricity grid, including processes and connection charging rules, is a matter for EirGrid and ESB Networks under rules determined by the Commission for Regulation Utilities (CRU), which is an independent statutory body.