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Written Answers — Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources: Metropolitan Area Networks Programme (1 Jul 2014)

Pat Rabbitte: I propose to take Questions Nos. 273 and 274 together. Metropolitan Area Networks (MANs) are State owned, open access, underground telecommunications networks, linking the main commercial and public buildings to "co-location centres" where service providers locate their telecommunications equipment and access the network. MANs are available to licenced telecoms providers to enable them...

Written Answers — Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources: Broadband Services Provision (1 Jul 2014)

Pat Rabbitte: Since market liberalisation, the provision of telecommunications services, including broadband services are delivered in the first instance through private sector operators who operate in a fully liberalised market, regulated by the independent regulator, the Commission for Communications Regulation (ComReg). The market has developed into a well-regulated market, supporting a multiplicity of...

Written Answers — Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources: Irish National Petroleum Company (1 Jul 2014)

Pat Rabbitte: Irish National Petroleum Corporation (INPC) is the State company which previously ran the Whitegate refinery and Whiddy Island oil terminal facility. It has never received Exchequer funding. The refinery and oil terminal facility were sold by the State in 2001 and it has had no Chief Executive or employees since then. The refinery and oil terminal facility are currently owned by Phillips...

Written Answers — Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources: Public Service Obligation Levy Increase (1 Jul 2014)

Pat Rabbitte: The Public Service Obligation (PSO) levy has been in place since 2001 and is the overall support mechanism for generation constructed for security of supply purposes (including peat generation), and for the development of renewable electricity. The levy is designed to compensate electricity suppliers for the additional costs they incur by purchasing electricity generated by these producers....

Written Answers — Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources: Bord Gáis Privatisation (1 Jul 2014)

Pat Rabbitte: The cost associated with the change of name from Bord Gáis Éireann to Ervia is an operational matter for the company and not one in which I have a function. However, I did request that the company ensure that any associated rebranding costs would be minimised and that any publicity campaign is appropriate and focussed on avoiding any potential negative safety implications arising...

Written Answers — Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources: Broadcasting Service Provision (1 Jul 2014)

Pat Rabbitte: I refer to the reply to Question No. 130 of 26 June 2014.

Written Answers — Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources: Natural Gas Grid (1 Jul 2014)

Pat Rabbitte: Over the past three decades the natural gas network has been steadily developed and expanded by Bord Gáis Networks. Infrastructural developments have ensured that the network is well placed to accommodate gas demand in the medium term. Currently, some 39% of Irish households are connected to the gas network and a further 18% of households are situated in areas which have access to the...

Written Answers — Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources: National Broadband Plan Implementation (1 Jul 2014)

Pat Rabbitte: I propose to take Questions Nos 288, 290 and 293 together In June 2011, I established a Next Generation Broadband Taskforce which comprised the CEOs of all of the major telecommunications operators in Ireland and a number of smaller operators, together with senior officials from my own Department. The purpose of the Taskforce was to consider how best to facilitate the delivery of high speed...

Written Answers — Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources: Broadband Services Provision (1 Jul 2014)

Pat Rabbitte: My Department entered into a contract in late 2008 with Hutchison 3G Ireland Ltd (trading as “3”) for the delivery of the NBS. The Scheme has facilitated the availability of a basic, affordable broadband service to fixed residences and businesses located within 1,028 Electoral Divisions across 25 Counties. In accordance with the EU State Aid clearance for the Scheme, the NBS...

Written Answers — Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources: National Broadband Plan Implementation (1 Jul 2014)

Pat Rabbitte: The National Broadband Plan, in addition to containing clear commitments regarding addressing market failure in the provision of high-speed broadband services to all parts of the country, also sets out specific targets in relation to a number of complementary measures aimed at accelerating commercial investment. These include, inter alia, a review of national spectrum policy and possible...

Written Answers — Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources: State Bodies (1 Jul 2014)

Pat Rabbitte: ComReg's Annual Report and Accounts for 2013 has not yet been received in my Department. I expect the Report to be sent to me once the Comptroller and Auditor General has completed its statutory review of the accounts. In line with well-established procedures, ComReg's Annual Report for 2013 will be published once approved by Government.

Written Answers — Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources: Oil and Gas Exploration (26 Jun 2014)

Pat Rabbitte: Firstly I should make clear that other than in the case of the 1959 agreement relating to the Kinsale Head gas field, the fiscal regime applying to oil and gas production in Ireland is set down in the Finance Acts and is not a matter of individual contracts. In March 2014 international sectoral experts Wood Mackenzie were engaged to provide independent expert advice on the...

Written Answers — Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources: Broadband Services Provision (26 Jun 2014)

Pat Rabbitte: The National Broadband Plan, which I published in August 2012, aims to radically change the broadband landscape in Ireland by ensuring that high speed broadband is available to all citizens and businesses. This will be achieved by providing:-a policy and regulatory framework that assists in accelerating and incentivising commercial investment; and a State-led intervention for areas where it...

Written Answers — Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources: Energy Prices (26 Jun 2014)

Pat Rabbitte: Article 7 of the Energy Efficiency Directive obliges Member States to achieve energy savings each year from 1 January 2014 to 31 December 2020 of 1.5% of the annual energy sales to final customers. Ireland has chosen to partially meet the requirements of Article 7 via the imposition of an Energy Efficiency Obligation Scheme on energy suppliers. Earlier this year I introduced Statutory...

Written Answers — Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources: Electricity Transmission Network (26 Jun 2014)

Pat Rabbitte: The Independent Expert Panel considering the Grid West and Grid Link projects has held five meetings between 10 February 2014 and 10 June 2014. At its meeting on 2 May 2014, the Panel finalised and approved the terms of reference for comprehensive, route specific studies and reports of fully undergrounded and overhead options for each of the Grid West and Grid Link projects, including...

Written Answers — Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources: Public Service Broadcasters (26 Jun 2014)

Pat Rabbitte: RTÉ is funded through both a Grant-In-Aid for a proportion of television licence fee receipts and through the commercial revenue it generates. TG4 is funded by way of a combination of direct exchequer Grant-In-Aid, television licence fee receipts and commercial revenue. Both Public Service Broadcasters are funded on an annual basis. In regard to the actual mechanism for helping to...

Written Answers — Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources: Energy Policy Review (26 Jun 2014)

Pat Rabbitte: I launched the public consultation process on the Green Paper on Energy Policy on 12 May 2014 when the Paper was published. It is open to anyone to submit their views electronically via a dedicated mailbox or in writing to the Department's address at 29-31 Adelaide Road, Dublin 2. A number of special topic seminars covering the six policy priorities will be organised over the coming months...

Written Answers — Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources: Broadband Services Speeds (25 Jun 2014)

Pat Rabbitte: Since market liberalisation, the provision of telecommunications services, including broadband services are delivered in the first instance through private sector operators who operate in a fully liberalised market, regulated by the independent regulator, the Commission for Communications Regulation (ComReg). The market has developed into a well-regulated market, supporting a multiplicity of...

Written Answers — Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources: Tyre Labelling Regulations (25 Jun 2014)

Pat Rabbitte: The Tyre Labelling Regulations (S.I. 342 of 2012) set out the national rules for implementing Regulation (EC) No. 1222/2009 on the labelling of tyres. These regulations are in place to ensure consumers are provided with information on the fuel efficiency, wet grip and external rolling noise of the tyre. This information is provided in the form of a label which, since 1 November 2012, must be...

Written Answers — Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources: Energy Resources (24 Jun 2014)

Pat Rabbitte: I propose to take Questions Nos. 331 and 332 together. The Irish energy market is a liberalised, commercial, regulated market operating in accordance with EU and national legislation. While as Minister I have responsibility for the legislative and policy frameworks, I have no role or function in determining energy market matters, including matters relating to energy supply for the north...

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