Tuesday, 30 November 2010
Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources
Question 42: To ask the Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources the way he intends to ensure that the provisions outlined in the national renewable energy action plan are implemented in a coherent, timely manner; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [44989/10]
My Department has overall responsibility for leading and ensuring the implementation of the measures in the National Renewable Action Plan, which will deliver the EU renewable energy target for Ireland by 2020. Ireland is set to exceed 15% of renewable electricity in 2010. There is now 1500 MW of wind on the system equating to 122 wind farms.
Delivery of the Plan is a collective national endeavour involving my Department, the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland, the Commission for Energy Regulation, EirGrid and all other relevant Departments and Agencies as well as the renewable energy sector itself. The challenges inherent in achieving Ireland's renewable energy targets in electricity, heat and transport must be addressed through a fully cohesive approach by all the key stakeholders. My Department is working to ensure such a cohesive approach. The forum of the Renewable Energy Development Group, which represents all key stakeholders, will play a key role in this regard.