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Written Answers — Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment: Renewable Energy Generation Targets (17 Apr 2018)

John Lahart: 1170. To ask the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment the actions he is taking to advance the development of solar energy here; the amount of solar power he anticipates will be generated here in each of the years 2018 to 2022; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [15544/18]

Written Answers — Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment: Renewable Energy Generation (17 Apr 2018)

Tommy Broughan: 1178. To ask the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment the level of energy being produced each day from renewable sources; his targets for wind and solar generated power by 2025; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [15756/18]

Written Answers — Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment: National Development Plan Data (20 Mar 2018)

Denis Naughten: ...the rollout of digital connectivity will facilitate “smart buildings”; - €1 billion on rolling out energy-efficient heating technologies under the Support Scheme for Renewable Heat aimed at large heat users, along with support for heat pumps and roof solar in at least 170,000 homes; - €0.2 billion to incentivise the uptake of 500,000 electric vehicles by 2030,...

Written Answers — Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment: Renewable Energy Feed in Tariff Scheme Eligibility (8 Mar 2018)

Kevin O'Keeffe: 454. To ask the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment when his Department will set a tariff for solar power in respect of the new RESS scheme; if this figure will be higher for up to 500KW as was the case in the REFIT 3 scheme; and his views on whether those that may be requiring a generators grid connection in respect of rooftop solar panels, small scale anaerobic...

Joint Oireachtas Committee on European Union Affairs: General Affairs Council, Brexit, Future of Europe and Western Balkans: Minister of State at the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (7 Mar 2018)

Helen McEntee: ..., particularly when we talk about renewable energy. The Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environmentis developing a new plan on renewable energy, particularly focusing on wind, solar, offshore, onshore and other renewable energy sources. Senator Leyden spoke about the Erasmus+ programme. The programme is being extended and is very much supported. Senator Dolan raised the...

Seanad: Project Ireland 2040: Statements (7 Mar 2018)

Maire Devine: ...of State to flick through. I welcome reports that Bord na Móna will not proceed with the plan to build a €60 million biomass plant in the United States to develop wood chip to be burnt in Irish electricity power plants. To import biomass rather than growing it here makes no sense from an environmental or local jobs perspective. Although biomass by itself is not the solution...

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Agriculture, Food and the Marine: Climate Change Issues specific to Agriculture, Food and the Marine Sectors: Discussion (Resumed) (6 Mar 2018) See 1 other result from this debate

...me on this, they are not classified as agricultural emission, as agricultural emissions are the land-based emissions only. The other ones would be in the industrial sector or potentially in the power generation sector in the EPA inventories. They are separate from what we talk about when we talk about agricultural emission, which are the methane and other gases related to agricultural...

Radiological Protection (Amendment) Bill 2018: Second Stage (27 Feb 2018)

Brian Stanley: ...safety. We know how important safety is in this area. We realise also this stems from the transposition of EU legislation into Irish law, which will be followed by regulations. Nuclear power poses an immense threat to society when things go wrong. We hope the State will continue its resistance to its use as a source of energy or the creation of a nuclear industry. Nuclear power is...

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Communications, Climate Action and Environment: 2020 Climate and Energy Package: Discussion (27 Feb 2018) See 1 other result from this debate

Eamon Ryan: ..., so the industry has been crippled for five years. It is still going on. Mr. Brady will have heard me say at the Irish BioEnergy Association conference that we have just done the same to the solar industry. The Minister comes out, stating that he will introduce a roof top scheme, sometime in the summer and in every office of every single developer in the sector, the phone goes...

Written Answers — Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment: Project Ireland 2040 (27 Feb 2018)

Denis Naughten: ...the roll-out of digital connectivity will facilitate “smart buildings”; - €1 billion on rolling out energy-efficient heating technologies under the support scheme for renewable heat aimed at large heat users, along with support for heat pumps and roof solar in at least 170,000 homes; - €0.2 billion to incentivise the uptake of 500,000 electric vehicles...

Project Ireland 2040: Statements (Resumed) (21 Feb 2018)

Eamon Ryan: ...would help balance our renewable energy supply. We should move to that at a switch because that is where the world is going. The balancing capability with electric vehicles, heat pumps, and renewable power provides us with competitive play. We could already be doing it if we just said that we would stop burning fossil fuels. The Taoiseach is out in Strasbourg acting as though he has...

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Agriculture, Food and the Marine: Climate Change Issues specific to the Agriculture, Food and Marine Sectors: Discussion (Resumed) (20 Feb 2018)

...: When examining the needs that determine the afforestation programme it becomes clear that there are other ways to meet those needs. We believe that there are smarter ways to achieve our renewable energy commitments. Solar power is an affordable and instant solution compared to, with luck, a 30-year crop of trees to burn. We recommend that the Government pursues solar farms. Many...

Written Answers — Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment: Renewable Energy Generation Targets (14 Feb 2018)

John Curran: 40. To ask the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment the actions he is taking to advance the development of solar energy here; the amount of solar power he anticipates will be generated here in each of the years 2018 to 2022; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [7335/18]

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Agriculture, Food and the Marine: Climate Change Issues specific to the Agriculture, Food and Marine Sectors: Discussion (13 Feb 2018) See 2 other results from this debate

..., created a concerning impact on the landscape and led to a transfer of millions of euro from Ireland’s citizens to large multinationals each year through the public service obligation, PSO, levy. There are alternatives. The cost of other technologies continues to decrease. Solar energy is now the cheapest form of renewable energy after onshore wind power. Ireland’s...

Written Answers — Department of Housing, Planning, and Local Government: Renewable Energy Generation (13 Feb 2018)

Eoghan Murphy: I propose to take Questions Nos. 658 and 689 together. There are no specific planning guidelines in place in respect of solar farms. Proposals for individual solar farm developments are subject to the statutory requirements of the Planning and Development Act 2000, as amended, in the same manner as other proposed developments. Planning applications are made to the relevant local...

Petroleum and Other Minerals Development (Amendment) (Climate Emergency Measures) Bill 2018: Second Stage [Private Members] (7 Feb 2018) See 3 other results from this debate

Mick Wallace: I commend Deputy Bríd Smith on introducing this Bill. When we license for drilling instead of expanding our renewable energy infrastructure, choose biomass over wind, water and solar power, increase the national herd instead of helping farmers and the public to diversify from climate destructive forms of food production and consumption, when the Department of Transport, Tourism and...

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Communications, Climate Action and Environment: Climate Action Progress: Discussion (30 Jan 2018)

...with in it and it will offer a good departure point for a revision of the national mitigation plan. To address some of the issues raised, the IFA has stolen most of my lines on community energy and solar. Friends of the Earth and the IFA are very much at one that while the Government's proposal on an official renewable electricity scheme is relatively good in terms of providing some...

Ceisteanna - Questions: Taoiseach's Meetings and Engagements (30 Jan 2018)

Leo Varadkar: ...Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Deputy Coveney, will explain in his speech in the Seanad tonight, we are involved in a significant number of projects in the Palestinian territories, including a solar farm that we are going to help build in the buffer area between the Gaza wall and Israel which will allow Palestinians to have power for more than four hours a day. If we recognise...

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Communications, Climate Action and Environment: Meeting Ireland’s Targets under the 2020 Climate and Energy Package: Discussion (23 Jan 2018) See 2 other results from this debate

Bríd Smith: ...healthy lifestyle of our population and it has the added benefit of creating tends of thousands of sustainable jobs. This issue should be a strong feature of our report, as should wind energy, solar energy and so on. I would like to make an observation. One could not say "No" to anything that has been said here. From a scientific and societal point of view, all that has been said is...

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