Oireachtas Joint and Select Committees

Tuesday, 2 April 2019

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Communications, Climate Action and Environment

Energy Plant Certification: Commission for the Regulation of Utilities

5:00 pm

Photo of Michelle MulherinMichelle Mulherin (Fine Gael) | Oireachtas source

It is quite bizarre that when we have renewable heat and electricity targets, on which we have been told we will fall short and for which we face fines, the CRU is concerned about what it costs the company. The CRU stated it will not pay the company any more per megawatt, but it is concerned about the cost for the company of the raw material or the biomass that it uses. The CRU is not concerned, however, about the carbon footprint or the source of the material. A number of members of the committee spent several months examining how we could reduce carbon emissions, move towards a nearly zero carbon economy and so on, but the CRU is focused on the cost for the company. We are losing out on having a licensed biomass plant.

I would appreciate to hear what has been learned and what the CRU can tell the company to do. Did the CRU tell the company that it would not be acceptable if it did not return to the model of importing from the USA?

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