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Joint Oireachtas Committee on Communications, Climate Action and Environment: Electricity Grid Development Strategy 2017 and Proposed Celtic Interconnector: EirGrid (9 May 2017) See 1 other result from this debate

...Slye: Deputy Eamon Ryan asked about offshore wind energy projects. We are seeing, as he rightly said, some quite remarkable results from auctions in various European countries in the provision of power from such projects. In the past six to nine months numbers have come in much more slowly than would have been expected only 12 to 18 months ago. There are two things happening in this...

Ceisteanna - Questions (Resumed) - Other Questions: Renewable Energy Projects (9 May 2017) See 6 other results from this debate

Denis Naughten: I am not questioning what the Deputy said. However, an agenda is being spun on this issue. I stated that the applications submitted to provide solar power would provide power far in excess of the country's energy needs. Farmers are signing contracts with solar power companies and there is panic among members of the farming community about the scale involved. Farmers are concerned that it...

Written Answers — Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources: Renewable Energy Projects (9 May 2017)

Brian Stanley: 77. To ask the Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources his future plans for support mechanisms for solar power; and the options which have been considered. [21835/17]

Written Answers — Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources: Renewable Energy Generation (11 Apr 2017)

Denis Naughten: ...in meeting its renewable energy contributions out to 2030. Analysis is on-going on 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 cost of supporting Solar Photovoltaics (PV) - both rooftop and ground-mounted. The Programme for Government contains a commitment to...

Written Answers — Department of Finance: Renewable Energy Projects (4 Apr 2017)

Michael Noonan: ...position in a portfolio of Irish onshore wind assets. - Cornerstone investor in the BlueBay SME credit fund which has loaned to Irish headquartered renewable energy developers and to a designer and manufacturer of high power density high efficiency power supplies. - €76m seed capital for Greencoat Renewables to enable it purchase two sizeable wind farms.   ISIF continues...

Other Questions: Action Plan for Rural Development Implementation (21 Mar 2017) See 2 other results from this debate

Joe Carey: ...Minister. We have a huge challenge in reaching our renewable energy targets. We need more initiatives like the one the Minister has described which is very encouraging. We have opportunities in solar, hydro and biomass energy. There are also huge opportunities in offshore wind. There seems to be a focus, understandably, on larger scale energy producers. I want to raise the issue of...

Other Questions: Renewable Energy Projects (21 Mar 2017)

Denis Naughten: ...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 cost of supporting solar PV, both rooftop and ground-mounted. The programme for a partnership Government contains a commitment to...

Other Questions: Climate Change Policy (21 Mar 2017) See 1 other result from this debate

Brian Stanley: ...behind and must catch up. We are approaching the edge of a carbon cliff, as I forecast several years ago. We must develop other sources of renewable energy, including grasping the nettle on solar power. There is opposition to everything. We must, therefore, present communities with a range of options because most sensible people would then accept that the Government and House are doing...

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Communications, Climate Action and Environment: Scrutiny of EU Legislative Proposals and Impact of Brexit on the Irish Energy Market: Discussion (28 Feb 2017)

...€800 million. The majority would be on networks in Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland. We also invest in wind, and as I mentioned earlier we have a joint venture with Kingspan on solar power. There are a number of other areas and I can get-----

Questions on Promised Legislation (28 Feb 2017) See 1 other result from this debate

John Curran: ...and Environment, who passed the question on to the Minister for Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government, whether there were intentions to introduce guidelines for the development of solar farms. In his reply, the latter stated that there were no specific guidelines in place and he was satisfied that the planning code was sufficiently robust to facilitate the assessment of...

Fossil Fuel Divestment Bill 2016: Second Stage [Private Members] (19 Jan 2017) See 2 other results from this debate

Eamon Ryan: ...is clearly better and is now cheaper. If the officials in the Department of Finance would open their eyes to what is happening in the world, they would realise what is happening with the bidding price for solar power. I have just returned from the International Renewable Energy Agency, IRENA, conference in Abu Dhabi, where it was clear that the price people are bidding for solar power is...

Written Answers — Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources: Renewable Energy Generation Targets (17 Jan 2017)

Denis Naughten: ...of renewable energy including the Renewable Energy Feed-in-Tariff schemes which support the development of a range of renewable electricity technologies including hydro, biomass combustion, biomass combined heat and power, landfill gas and onshore wind. My Department is also developing proposed new Renewable Electricity and Heat  support schemes to assist us meeting...

Climate Action and Low Carbon Development: Statements (8 Dec 2016) See 4 other results from this debate

Denis Naughten: ...was only one solution to the provision of renewable energy, namely, large-scale wind farms in the midlands. I want a complete review of our renewable energy policy. Onshore and offshore wind and solar energy are part of that - I never said solar was not - but I would be disingenuous if I told the farmers of this country that I will allow consumers to fund 5 GW of solar energy. To put...

Seanad: Climate Action and Low Carbon Development: Statements (7 Dec 2016) See 2 other results from this debate

Fintan Warfield: ...of this or previous Governments. The Minister has personally expressed confidence that Ireland will meet its 2020 target of 40% of electricity being generated from renewable sources such as wind, solar, biomass and so on. Should we fall short of those targets, what does the Minister believe will be the reasons for our inability to meet them? What are the repercussions for the State?...

Written Answers — Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources: Renewable Energy Projects (7 Dec 2016)

Denis Naughten: Grants or grant aid are not provided for the construction of wind or solar farms on (private) property. The convention to date is that the Renewable Energy Feed-in-Tariff (REFIT) schemes support the development of a range of renewable electricity technologies including hydro, biomass combustion, biomass combined heat and power, landfill gas and onshore wind.  The...

Other Questions: Renewable Energy Feed in Tariff Scheme (6 Dec 2016) See 4 other results from this debate

Denis Naughten: ...this in mind, my Department is working on the development of a new renewable electricity support scheme, RESS.  As part of this process, a range of renewable energy technologies will be being assessed, including solar photovoltaics, PV, and offshore wind power technology. It is widely recognised that solar PV technology is becoming cost competitive for electricity generation, not...

Priority Questions: Renewable Energy Generation Targets (6 Dec 2016)

Denis Naughten: ...remains challenging. The renewable energy feed-in-tariff schemes support the development of a range of renewable electricity technologies including hydro, biomass combustion, biomass combined heat and power, landfill gas and onshore wind. My Department is currently developing a proposed new renewable electricity support scheme and a new renewable heat incentive scheme, designed to assist...

Finance Bill 2016: Report Stage (Resumed) and Final Stage (23 Nov 2016)

Michael McGrath: I move amendment No. 91:In page 69, between lines 9 and 10, to insert the following: “Capital Gains Retirement Relief and Agricultural Relief for farmland with solar panels30. The Principal Act is amended in section 664(1) by substituting the following for the definition of “farm land”:“ ‘farm land’ means—(a) land in the State wholly or mainly...

Seanad: Order of Business (17 Nov 2016)

Catherine Ardagh: ...at the COP21 Paris climate change conference present huge opportunities as well as challenges for Ireland. Ireland is not fully energy sufficient and we are excessively dependent on energy importation to power homes and businesses. Ireland should, therefore, focus on reducing energy consumption and carbon emissions rather than seeking to dramatically increase reliance on wind at a very...

Seanad: Order of Business (16 Nov 2016)

Paudie Coffey: ...and individuals who have suffered. They have probably not told their closest friends and family. Like mental health and other issues, it behoves us all to speak about domestic violence and to empower and provide support to anyone who has been subjected to violence. I welcome and commend the national awareness campaign on domestic and sexual violence entitled "What would you do?"...

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