Thursday, 16 September 2021

Ceisteanna (53)

Cathal Crowe

Ceist:

53. Deputy Cathal Crowe asked the Minister for the Environment, Climate and Communications the way Ireland can ramp up production of renewable energy in order to prevent future energy supply issues. [44230/21]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Environment)

The Commission for Regulation of Utilities (the CRU) has statutory responsibility, under S.I. 60 of 2005, to monitor and take measures necessary to ensure the security of electricity supply in Ireland. It is assisted in its statutory role by EirGrid which is responsible for the day-to-day management of the electricity transmission system. The CRU has advised me that they have identified specific challenges to ensuring continued electricity security of supply, which they are currently in the process of addressing.

Renewable energy can contribute to security of electricity supply. The Renewable Electricity Support Scheme incentivises private sector investment in renewable energy production by awarding, via competitive auction, long-term support premiums for renewable electricity produced.

In addition my Department is carrying out a review of the security of energy supply of Ireland’s electricity and natural gas systems is focusing on the period to 2030 in the context of ensuring a sustainable pathway to 2050.  The review includes a technical analysis which will help inform a public consultation which will be carried out later this year. The review, which I expect to complete in the first half of 2022, will be submitted to Government.