Thursday, 28 November 2019
Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment
24. To ask the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment if the proposal to change the electricity market rules in order to enable micro-generated electricity to be sold to the grid will proceed in 2020; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [49439/19]
Action 30 of the Climate Action Plan commits to the delivery of a framework for micro-generation with a view to commencement of an enduring support scheme by 2021, at the latest, to ensure that people can sell excess electricity they produce back to the grid. There are ten sub-actions listed under this heading for delivery, mainly by the Department and the Commission for the Regulation of Utilities (CRU), in order to ensure that a policy and support scheme is in place.
A micro-generation working group, chaired by my Department has been established and is progressing the key steps to deliver this action. This process involves a review of requirements for resolving market settlement issues for renewable self-consumers exporting to the grid which commenced in Q3 2019.
An assessment of the possible support mechanisms for micro-generation/renewable self-consumption is scheduled for Q1 2020, with an associated public consultation in Q3 2020 and the launch of a finalised policy and pricing support regime for micro-generation due in Q2 2021.