Written answers

Tuesday, 21 June 2022

Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment

Renewable Energy Generation

Photo of Richard BrutonRichard Bruton (Dublin Bay North, Fine Gael)
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91. To ask the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment if he will confirm that all of the retail electricity suppliers are participating in the schemes whereby surplus renewable energy is purchased from customers with small scale generation of their own. [32032/22]

Photo of Eamon RyanEamon Ryan (Dublin Bay South, Green Party)
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Responsibility for the regulation of the electricity market is a matter for the Commission for Regulation of Utilities (CRU) which is an independent regulator, accountable to a committee of the Oireachtas and not the Minister. The CRU was assigned responsibility for the regulation of the Irish electricity sector following the enactment of the Electricity Regulation Act, 1999 and subsequent legislation. It is a function of the CRU to regulate the electricity market, including the matter referred to in this Parliamentary Question. Therefore the Minister has no statutory function in this matter.The Deputy may wish to note that CRU provides a dedicated email address for Oireachtas members, which enables them raise questions on general energy regulatory matters to CRU at oireachtas@cru.ie for timely direct reply.

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