Dáil Éireann - Volume 599 - 10 March, 2005
Written Answers. - Alternative Energy Projects.
Mr. Coveney Mr. Coveney
66. Mr. Coveney asked the Minister for Communications, Marine and Natural Resources if he has satisfied himself that his Department has in place adequate legislative provisions to encourage the production of various forms of alternative energy electricity with a view to supplying the national grid; if he intends making changes, with particular reference to the need for the elimination of delays which have cost implications for producers; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [8345/05]
Mr. N. Dempsey Mr. N. Dempsey
Mr. N. Dempsey: I refer the Deputy to the reply to Question No. 153 on 9 December 2004.
As Minister with responsibility for energy matters, including the development of our indigenous renewable energy resources, my remit is to create a positive framework whereby these resources can prosper and contribute significantly to our energy needs. A renewable energy development group was established in May 2004 to review existing policies and examine best inter national practice. The group will shortly make such recommendations as it deems necessary to deliver, at minimum, the target addressed to Ireland in Directive 2001/77/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 27 September 2001 on the promotion of electricity produced from renewable energy sources in the internal electricity market.
The group will also incorporate the work of the bioenergy strategy group and the combined heat and power policy group to ensure that a co-ordinated comprehensive renewable energy policy is proposed. The renewable energy development group’s report is due very shortly and will form the basis of future policy decisions on the promotion of renewable energy technologies.
Dáil Éireann 599 Written Answers. Alternative Energy Projects.