Dáil Éireann - Volume 462 - 05 March, 1996

Written Answers. - Alternative Energy Programme.

59. Kathleen Lynch asked the Minister for Transport, Energy and Communications the proposals, if any, he has regarding the further development of renewable energy sources; the further proposals, if any, he has for increasing the megawattage generated by biomass fuel; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [4954/96]

62. Mr. N. Treacy asked the Minister for Transport, Energy and Communications the proposals, if any, he will pursue for the continuation in 1996 of the alternative energy programme; the amount of money allocated for this programme; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [2217/96]

244. Mr. Molloy asked the Minister for Transport, Energy and Communications if he has completed a review of strategy in relation to the further development of alternative energy resources including biomass and waste; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [4989/96]

245. Mr. Molloy asked the Minister for Transport, Energy and Communications the current position regarding plans for a competitive scheme to secure one electricity generating plant of up to [1232] 30 megawatts using biomass or waste as a fuel; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [4990/96]

Minister for Transport, Energy and Communications (Mr. Lowry): I propose to take Questions Nos. 59, 62, 244 and 245 together.

The competitive scheme to secure an electricity generating plant of up to 30 megawatts using biomass or waste as a fuel was launched on 21 December 1995. A grant of up to £7.5 million has been made available for this initiative.

The expression of interest stage for applicants closed on 29 February and tender packs are being issued to applicants from the Power Procurer's Office, Merrion Square, this week. The deadline for formal submission of a technical application is 30 April 1996.

The review of strategy in relation to renewable energy resources is nearing completion and I expect to be in a position to announce my proposals soon.