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Written Answers — Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources: Waste Management Regulations (23 Mar 2017)

Denis Naughten: There is no obligation on collectors of household waste under waste management legislation to provide a separate bin service for the collection of glass bottles. In terms of the recycling of glass, recent data (links provided below) indicate that we are at or above an 80% recycling level. There are over 2,200 bring banks and 100 recycling centres across the country, which support these...

Written Answers — Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources: Broadcasting Sector Regulation (23 Mar 2017)

Denis Naughten: The only such statutory expenditure requirement in relation to the public service broadcasters arises under Section 116 of the Broadcasting Act 2009, which obliges RTÉ to spend a predetermined minimum amount every year on independently produced television and radio programmes. This amount is lodged to the Independent Programmes Account, upon which RTÉ must report annually....

Written Answers — Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources: Departmental Expenditure (23 Mar 2017)

Denis Naughten: The information requested in relation to my Department is being complied and will be forwarded to the Deputy as soon as possible. The information regarding the agencies under the aegis of my Department is an operational matter for each Agency. I will request the relevant bodies to reply directly to the Deputy with the information requested in respect of their organisation.

Written Answers — Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources: Greenhouse Gas Emissions (23 Mar 2017)

Denis Naughten: I refer to the replies to Question Nos. 34, 41 and 71 on 21 March. According to the latest projections produced by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) (March 2016), projected emissions for 2020 indicate that Ireland's emissions at that stage could be in the range of 6-11% below 2005 levels. The likely outcome is closer to 6%, representing a significant shortfall in terms of...

Written Answers — Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources: Litter Pollution Fines (22 Mar 2017)

Denis Naughten: The Litter Pollution Acts 1997 to 2009 provide the statutory framework to combat littering and include provisions relating to dog fouling. Under the Acts, the primary management and enforcement response to littering (including dog fouling) is a matter for local authorities, taking account of its own local circumstances and priorities. My Department collates a wide range of data annually on...

Written Answers — Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources: Post Office Network (22 Mar 2017)

Denis Naughten: The operation of the post office network is a day to day operational matter for the Board and management of An Post and not one in which I, as Minister, have a statutory function. On foot of the reconfiguration of Government Departments last year, responsibility for the post office network transferred to the Minister for Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs.

Written Answers — Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources: National Broadband Plan Implementation (22 Mar 2017)

Denis Naughten: The Government's National Broadband Plan (NBP) was published in August 2012.  Progress continues to be made in delivering on this Government’s commitment to ensure every household and business in Ireland has access to high speed broadband, regardless of where they are located. The National Broadband Plan (NBP) is being achieved through a combination of commercial...

Written Answers — Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources: Broadband Service Provision (22 Mar 2017)

Denis Naughten: The National Broadband Plan (NBP) aims to deliver high speed broadband services to every city, town, village and individual premises in Ireland. The Programme for Government commits to the delivery of the NBP as a matter of priority.  This is being achieved through a combination of commercial investment by the telecommunications sector and a State intervention in those areas where...

Other Questions: North-South Interconnector (21 Mar 2017)

Denis Naughten: There is a commitment in the programme for Government to better engagement with communities on energy projects. Deputy Eugene Murphy and I discussed one of those projects in my constituency. I cannot reopen every decision that has been made by every Minister prior to me, but what I can do is ensure that we learn from the mistakes of the past in terms of some of the projects. That is the...

Other Questions: North-South Interconnector (21 Mar 2017)

Denis Naughten: I will engage through the public representatives. I gave no further commitment at the time for follow-on meetings. As to whether I will engage with public representatives in the House, of course I will.

Other Questions: Renewable Energy Projects (21 Mar 2017)

Denis Naughten: The Deputy is right about there being a balance but I recall how, soon after I was appointed Minister, he and his colleagues lectured me on the impact of the PSO on domestic bills.

Other Questions: Renewable Energy Projects (21 Mar 2017)

Denis Naughten: I must get the balance right in that regard. Solar will be a part of that mix. Deputy Dooley is right, in that one of our main problems to date has been how we have effectively put all of our eggs in one basket, that being, onshore wind. There needs to be a broader suite of supports - solar, hydro, biomass and offshore wind. One of my first decisions as Minister and one of my first...

Other Questions: Renewable Energy Projects (21 Mar 2017)

Denis Naughten: It is, so we must move quickly. According to the projections available to me, however, we will meet our 2020 electricity targets. The main challenge for us will be heat. For this reason, priority within my Department has been given to the renewable heat incentive scheme, which we want to get operational as soon as possible. Once it is, our focus will move to the electricity sector. We...

Other Questions: North-South Interconnector (21 Mar 2017)

Denis Naughten: I propose to take Questions Nos. 40, 53 and 64 together. The North-South interconnector is important for improving the efficient operation of the single electricity market, SEM, and increasing security of electricity supply across the island of Ireland. Currently, there is only a single high-capacity electricity interconnector between the transmission systems in Ireland and Northern...

Other Questions: Action Plan for Rural Development Implementation (21 Mar 2017)

Denis Naughten: The 2009 EU renewable energy directive sets Ireland a legally binding target of meeting 16% of our energy requirements from renewable sources by 2020. Ireland is committed to achieving this target through meeting 40% of electricity demand, 12% of heat and 10% of transport from renewable energy sources. The Government has a range of policy measures and schemes to incentivise the use of...

Other Questions: Action Plan for Rural Development Implementation (21 Mar 2017)

Denis Naughten: The new support scheme should be far broader than schemes up to now. Up to now the focus has been on onshore wind. There is an opportunity now to expand and look at both domestic and large scale solar, hydro, biomass, offshore wind energy and micro-generation. Micro-generation has to be part of that mix. I cannot give the Deputy a commitment on any specific project. There are a number of...

Other Questions: Action Plan for Rural Development Implementation (21 Mar 2017)

Denis Naughten: Has there been engagement with the Commission on state aid? Yes, of course, there has been. Our Department will be in regular contact across a number of areas. Is it likely it will get approval from the European Commission? Yes, it is our intention to design a scheme that will get the approval from the Commission. It is important to remember that under the renewable electricity support...

Other Questions: Renewable Energy Projects (21 Mar 2017)

Denis Naughten: My Department is currently developing a proposed new renewable electricity support scheme, RESS, which will be designed to assist Ireland in meeting its renewable energy contributions out to 2030. Analysis is ongoing of the types of technologies to be included such as biomass, offshore and onshore wind, waste, and combined heat and power. This analysis also includes an assessment of the...

Other Questions: Renewable Energy Projects (21 Mar 2017)

Denis Naughten: First, Deputy Murphy made the point that there is no good method for dealing with communities and he is correct that this was the case. That is why before Christmas I got the industry to sign up to a new code of practice. I acknowledge some of the people near Sliabh Bawn have dismissed that but it is funny that other communities in County Roscommon that have used the code have said that it...

Other Questions: Renewable Energy Projects (21 Mar 2017)

Denis Naughten: I acknowledge, and have acknowledged, that there is a difficulty. That is why I put the code of practice in place and that is why the wind industry has written to every Member to tell them there is a new mechanism in place to deal with issues such as those being experienced by the Deputy. Noise is an issue and the new guidelines will reflect that. The Deputy asked me to meet the people...

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