Dáil Éireann - Volume 647 - 20 February, 2008

Written Answers. - Electricity Generation.

[1040] Deputy Ulick Burke asked the Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources the grants available to businesses and domestic users who provide renewable energy through private wind turbines; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [6908/08]

  Deputy Eamon Ryan: Eco-friendly domestic generation or “microgeneration”, involves the small-scale production of heat and/or electricity from a low carbon source. Market studies in the U.K. and elsewhere have found that, in the long term, supported by appropriate market development measures, such generation has the potential to make a contribution to the reduction of energy related CO 2 emissions. Sustainable Energy Ireland is now working towards the launch of a pilot programme on microgeneration later this year which will incorporate some assistance for the provision of microgeneration appliances.