Thursday, 5 March 2020
Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment
1010. To ask the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment if tenders have been issued or consultants engaged to help facilitate the feeding of electricity generation of private residences or commercial premises into the national grid. [3255/20]
The Government's Climate Action Plan sets out how Ireland will achieve its 2030 targets for carbon emissions, and puts us on a trajectory which would be consistent with net zero carbon emissions by 2050. A key part of the Plan is a move to 70% renewable electricity by 2030.
Action 30 of the commits to the delivery of a framework for micro-generation from renewable technologies with a view to commencement of a support scheme by 2021, at the latest, to ensure that people can sell excess electricity they produce back to the grid, whilst ensuring principles of equity, self-consumption and energy efficiency first are incorporated.
A Microgeneration Working Group, chaired by my Department, has been established and a detailed work programme is underway examining the main steps necessary to facilitate the feeding of electricity generation of private residence or commercial premises into the national grid. No tenders have been issued or consultants engaged in this regard.