Written answers

Wednesday, 21 September 2022

Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment

Renewable Energy Generation

Photo of Pádraig O'SullivanPádraig O'Sullivan (Cork North Central, Fianna Fail)
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10. To ask the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment when the consultation on private wire direct-line renewables will be released; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [46156/22]

Photo of Eamon RyanEamon Ryan (Dublin Bay South, Green Party)
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The Climate Action Plan 2021 includes a commitment to review the policy position on the development of private networks/direct lines (Action 115). A consultation paper on policy options for private wires was due to be published in Q1 of this year. Unfortunately, the consultation has been delayed, however work on progressing this matter is ongoing within my Department and the consultation will issue shortly.

I appreciate that private wires/direct lines are an issue that is of interest and importance to many stakeholders, including Data Centres in particular given the recent publication of the ‘Government Statement on the Role of Data Centres in Ireland’s Enterprise Strategy’. Publishing a consultation and, ultimately, providing a clear policy position on the issue of private wires/direct lines is a priority for my Department. My officials look forward to engaging with interested stakeholders as they continue to develop this important policy area.

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