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Written Answers — Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources: Industrial Relations (17 Jun 2014)

Pat Rabbitte: My Department has one ongoing case with the Equality Tribunal.

Written Answers — Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources: Bord Gáis Privatisation (17 Jun 2014)

Pat Rabbitte: On 25 March 2014, BGE signed an agreement for the sale of Bord Gáis Energy, which is currently expected to complete on 30 June 2014 subject to receipt of regulatory and merger approvals. The sale of Bord Gáis Éireann's (BGÉ) energy business is for an enterprise value of up to €1.1 billion. Following sale completion, it is expected that BGÉ will commence the...

Written Answers — Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources: Electricity Generation (17 Jun 2014)

Pat Rabbitte: I have no function in the provision of such information. This is an operational responsibility for EirGrid, a commercial state body. This information is publicly available and is published annually, along with an electricity demand forecast, by EirGrid in the All Island Generation Capacity Statement. The latest publication is available on the EirGrid website at:

Written Answers — Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources: Departmental Staff Expenses (17 Jun 2014)

Pat Rabbitte: The following table outlines the amount paid in subsistence and taxi payments in my Department from 2011 to date. - 2011 (000) 2012 (000) 2013 (000) 2014 (to date) (000) Subsistence payments 197 214 187 90 Taxi payments 24 26 35 13All travel and subsistence payments made to staff in my Department are made in accordance with Department of Public Expenditure and Reform...

Written Answers — Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources: Telecommunications Infrastructure (17 Jun 2014)

Pat Rabbitte: Operators of cable television networks are required to register as an Authorised Undertaking with the Commission for Communications Regulation (ComReg), in advance of establishing such networks or offering regulated communications services to the public and to comply with the ex-ante operational requirements imposed on authorised undertakings by ComReg. It is a matter for the appropriate...

Written Answers — Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources: Broadcasting Service Provision (17 Jun 2014)

Pat Rabbitte: The Broadcasting Authority of Ireland (BAI) has statutory responsibility in this area and I have no function in this matter. Under Section 43 (1)(c)(i) of the Broadcasting Act 2009, the Authority must prepare and, from time to time, revise rules with respect to the specific steps each broadcaster is required to take to promote the understanding and enjoyment by those who are deaf or have a...

Written Answers — Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources: Broadcasting Service Provision (17 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: Renewable Energy Generation Issues (12 Jun 2014)

Pat Rabbitte: The EU has set a goal of reducing Greenhouse Gas emissions by 80-95% below 1990 levels by 2050. Under the Government’s planned Climate Action and Low Carbon Development Bill, which was recently published, those sectors of the economy with significant carbon emissions are required to produce plans to lower these emissions. The Bill and the associated National Policy Position, which were...

Written Answers — Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources: Renewable Energy Exports (12 Jun 2014)

Pat Rabbitte: It is important that Ireland's energy policy ensures that we sustainably capture the potential economic benefits of our abundant, indigenous, clean energy resources. Ireland’s position at the Atlantic edge of Europe provides an unparalleled offshore energy resource, with suitable conditions available for the development of the full range of current offshore renewable energy...

Written Answers — Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources: Wind Energy Generation (12 Jun 2014)

Pat Rabbitte: I recently published the Green Paper on Energy Policy in Ireland to stimulate an informed debate on future energy policy. Set against the backdrop of the three energy pillars of ensuring security of supply, sustainability and competitiveness, and the further need to stimulate economic growth, the Paper focuses on a number of key themes. The six priority themes are: empowering energy citizens;...

Written Answers — Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources: EU Directives (12 Jun 2014)

Pat Rabbitte: The European Commission has raised issues in relation to how Ireland has addressed three Directives that are within the remit of my Department. In January 2014, the European Commission decided to refer the transposition of Directive 2009/28/EC on Renewable Energy to the European Court of Justice, proposing a daily fine of €25,447, to be effective from the date of the judgement of the...

Written Answers — Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources: Energy Schemes Issues (12 Jun 2014)

Pat Rabbitte: The National Energy Efficiency Action Plan and the Programme for Government include a commitment to roll out a Better Energy Financing energy retrofit scheme (formerly known as Pay-As-You-Save) for domestic buildings. The key benefit to homeowners of the Better Energy Financing (BEF) mechanism is that it will allow them to secure upfront financing for energy efficiency upgrades to their...

Written Answers — Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources: Mobile Telephony Services Provision (12 Jun 2014)

Pat Rabbitte: Mobile communications is dependent on access to spectrum. The Government recognises that spectrum is a valuable natural national resource, which needs to be used as effectively and efficiently as possible for the good of the state - both economic and social – and the good of all its citizens. Policy in this area therefore aims to ensure that mobile communications contribute to...

Written Answers — Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources: Alternative Energy Projects (12 Jun 2014)

Pat Rabbitte: The overarching objective of the Government's energy policy is to ensure secure and sustainable supplies of competitively priced energy to all consumers. Ireland is currently heavily reliant on imported fossil fuels to meet our energy needs. While it is acknowledged that fossil fuels will remain part of the energy mix for some time to come, progress is being made towards increasing the share...

Written Answers — Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources: Energy Prices (12 Jun 2014)

Pat Rabbitte: Government policy on energy affordability is founded on the fundamental principle that everyone should be able to afford to adequately light and heat their home. The Government’s affordable energy strategy “Warmer Homes” identified three key interlinking factors which determine whether a person falls into energy poverty namely energy costs, incomes and thermal efficiency....

Written Answers — Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources: Broadband Services Provision (12 Jun 2014)

Pat Rabbitte: I propose to take Questions Nos. 21, 23, 26, 30 and 35 together. The Government’s 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...

Written Answers — Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources: Alternative Energy Projects (12 Jun 2014)

Pat Rabbitte: I propose to take Questions Nos. 27 and 28 together. As set out in the Offshore Renewable Energy Development Plan, which I published earlier this year, Ireland's marine energy resources - in particular wind and wave - are among the very best in the EU. However, as also highlighted in the OREDP, a route to market is critical for the development of each of the technologies in this sector. ...

Written Answers — Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources: Renewable Energy Exports (12 Jun 2014)

Pat Rabbitte: Following extensive engagement between my Department and the UK Department of Energy and Climate Change over a sixteen month period following the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding on Cooperation in the Energy Sector in January 2013, it is clear that given the economic, policy and regulatory complexities involved, and the key decisions yet to be taken by the UK, delivery of the...

Written Answers — Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources: Greenhouse Gas Emissions (12 Jun 2014)

Pat Rabbitte: I propose to take Questions Nos. 33 and 37 together. Climate and energy policies span a number of complex and interlinked policy areas and the achievement of climate change objectives requires contributions from a range of sectors, including energy, agriculture, transport and the built environment. The 2009 EU Renewable Energy Directive set Ireland a legally binding target of meeting...

Written Answers — Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources: Exploration Licences (12 Jun 2014)

Pat Rabbitte: On 9 May 2012 the former Joint Oireachtas Committee on Communications, Natural Resources and Agriculture published its Report on Offshore Oil and Gas Exploration. The Report contained a number of recommendations in respect of the fiscal and regulatory framework applying to oil and gas exploration in Ireland.At my request the Report was debated in Seanad Éireann and in Dáil...

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