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Green Hydrogen Strategy Bill 2022: Second Stage [Private Members] (14 Jul 2022)

Eamon Ryan: Deputy Ó Murchú was true to his word and bang on the dot. I agree with Deputies O'Rourke and Ó Murchú that we need to take an all-island approach to this. We need to think bigger again and take a European approach. We will not make the decarbonisation to new energy system as an island alone. It will require co-operation with the United Kingdom and our continental...

Green Hydrogen Strategy Bill 2022: Second Stage [Private Members] (14 Jul 2022)

Eamon Ryan: I apologise. I was at a Cabinet subcommittee. I will briefly add to what the Minister of State, Deputy Noonan, has said. We are trained on developing this strategy. We agree with the Opposition that it is central to the development of our energy future. There is real potential for large-scale offshore wind energy and other renewable sources, which can use electrolysis to create green...

Written Answers — Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment: Broadband Infrastructure (14 Jul 2022)

Eamon Ryan: Providing telecommunication services, is a matter for the relevant service providers operating in a fully liberalised market regulated by the Commission for Communication Regulation (ComReg), as independent Regulator. To assist consumers in choosing a network provider, ComReg’s website has a national outdoor coverage map, with clear information on where operators have good...

Written Answers — Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment: Energy Prices (14 Jul 2022)

Eamon Ryan: The Electricity Costs (Domestic Electricity Accounts) Emergency Measures Act 2022 established a scheme for the making in 2022, of a once-off Electricity Costs Emergency Benefit Payment to each domestic electricity account, having regard to the exceptional rise in energy prices. The Electricity Costs Emergency Benefit Payment was €176.22, exclusive of VAT as set out in section 5(2) of...

Written Answers — Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment: Climate Action Plan (14 Jul 2022)

Eamon Ryan: In July 2021, the Climate Action and Low Carbon Development (Amendment) Act 2021 was enacted, significantly strengthening the statutory framework for governance of the climate challenge. This new framework includes the delivery of successive Climate Action Plans. Climate Action Plans must set out the measures and implementation pathways for reaching our 2030 and 2050 emissions targets, as...

Written Answers — Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment: Mining Industry (14 Jul 2022)

Eamon Ryan: Bauxite which is the main ore of alumina and a Scheduled Mineral under the Minerals Development Acts 1940 to 1999, is not mined in Ireland and no prospecting licences are held for bauxite.  While I as Minister have no role in relation to importation of bauxite, I am aware that it is is imported into Ireland from Guinea, and is refined at Aughinish Alumina, before the Alumina is exported...

Written Answers — Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment: Mining Industry (14 Jul 2022)

Eamon Ryan: I have no function in purchasing coal. If the question is in respect of the purchase of coal for electricity generation, the matter would be an operational one for the company concerned and would likewise be one in which I have no function.

Written Answers — Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment: Food Waste (14 Jul 2022)

Eamon Ryan: The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) estimate that Ireland generated approximately 1.1 million tonnes of food waste in 2019 (latest year for which EPA published data is available). The EPA estimate that 528,000 tonnes of Irish waste was accepted for treatment at composting and anaerobic digestion facilities. Municipal biowaste (kitchen and canteen food waste, garden and park green waste,...

Written Answers — Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment: Renewable Energy Generation (14 Jul 2022)

Eamon Ryan: Ireland's Climate Action Plan 2021 (CAP 21) commits to the production of 1.6 TWh by 2030 of indigenously produced biomethane using waste materials and agricultural based feedstock. The National Energy Security Framework (NESF), published in April 2022, highlights that alternatives to natural gas, such as biomethane, provide additional diversification for Ireland’s...

Written Answers — Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment: Natural Gas Grid (14 Jul 2022)

Eamon Ryan: I propose to take Questions Nos.201, 202 and 223 together.  As set out in the National Energy Security Framework published in April 2022, my Department is carrying out a review of the energy security of Ireland's gas and electricity systems. The review includes a technical analysis which will help inform a public consultation. The technical analysis includes...

Written Answers — Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment: Energy Prices (14 Jul 2022)

Eamon Ryan: The Commission for Regulation of Utilities(CRU), as the independent regulator was assigned consumer protection functions under the 1999 Electricity Regulation Act and subsequent legislation, has statutory responsibility for the compliance by energy suppliers with their consumer protection obligations. Suppliers have a critical role in the protection of financially...

Written Answers — Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment: Broadband Infrastructure (14 Jul 2022)

Eamon Ryan: Providing telecommunication services, including mobile phone and broadband services, is a matter for the relevant service providers operating in a fully liberalised market regulated by the Commission for Communication Regulation (ComReg), as independent Regulator. Operational matters of private commercial operators, including the deployment of telecommunications infrastructure to specific...

Written Answers — Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment: Wind Energy Generation (14 Jul 2022)

Eamon Ryan: The Department does not hold information on the number wind turbines per county. Such information would be contained in the planning applications and approvals granted by each planning authority with respect to individual windfarm projects.

Written Answers — Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment: Wind Energy Generation (14 Jul 2022)

Eamon Ryan: The Climate Action Plan 2021 commits to achieving at least 5GW of offshore wind by 2030 and includes a suite of actions to realise the potential of Ireland’s offshore renewable energy resources. The Programme for Government commits to developing a longer-term plan to harness the estimated potential of at least 30GW of offshore floating wind power in our Atlantic waters. The Maritime...

Written Answers — Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment: Electricity Generation (14 Jul 2022)

Eamon Ryan: The Micro-generation support scheme provides funding to the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI) for capital grants for solar PV for domestic houses. Micro-generators will benefit most when they maximise the consumption of electricity on site from their own micro-generation. In addition, excess electricity can be diverted to a hot water cylinder to reduce fossil fuel consumption in...

Written Answers — Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment: Renewable Energy Generation (14 Jul 2022)

Eamon Ryan: The National Energy Security Framework set out that the development of an integrated hydrogen strategy for Ireland is to be prioritised, in line with the Climate Action Plan. My Department has launched a public consultation to gather the views of stakeholders and interested parties, in order to inform the development of a hydrogen strategy for Ireland. The consultation...

Written Answers — Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment: Public Sector Pensions (14 Jul 2022)

Eamon Ryan: My Department currently employs one person with an abated public service pension.  The public service pension abatement principles are applied in all cases where persons are re-employed by my Department in accordance with Department of Public Expenditure and Reform guidelines and the Public Service Pensions (Single Scheme and Other Provisions) Act 2012. ...

Written Answers — Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment: Electricity Generation (14 Jul 2022)

Eamon Ryan: I propose to take Questions Nos. 210 and 211 together. On the 15 February, this year I signed the Regulations that create an obligation on suppliers to offer the Clean Export Guarantee (CEG) tariff to new and existing micro-and small-scale generators so that they will receive payment for excess renewable electricity they export to the grid, reflective of the market value. The...

Written Answers — Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment: Electricity Generation (14 Jul 2022)

Eamon Ryan: The phased introduction of the Micro-generation Support Scheme (MSS) has begun with the commencement of the MSS domestic solar PV grant on 16 February last, with grant levels up to a maximum of €2,400 available through the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI). The SEAI also are working to extend the solar PV grant to the non-domestic sector for installations up to 6.0kW, from...

Written Answers — Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment: Departmental Schemes (14 Jul 2022)

Eamon Ryan: I propose to take Questions Nos. 214, 215 and 228 together. The National Home Energy Upgrade Scheme introduces a new, highly customer centric, way to undertake home upgrades. SEAI registered One-Stop-Shops will provide an end-to-end service for homeowners. This includes surveying; designing the upgrades; managing the grant process; helping with access to finance; engaging contractors; and...

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