Peat Power Stations

To ask the Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources the volumes of Miscanthus and or willow he expects to see blended with peat in peat power stations before the end of 2010. – Dan Neville.

For ORAL answer on Tuesday, 1st June, 2010.

Ref No: 23111/10 Lottery: 3 Proof: 24.

REPLY

Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources (Mr. E. Ryan)

The Government has set the renewable electricity target at 40% by 2020. The 40% electricity target is consistent with the EU target addressed to Ireland under the Renewable Energy Directive, which requires Ireland to to meet the target of 16% renewable energy in all energy consumed (encompassing electricity, transport and heating) by 2020.

As part of the ongoing work to further support the development of biomass, I have recently announced new Renewable Energy Feed In Tariffs (REFIT) for biomass technologies. The supports will range from 8.5 cent per kilowatt hour to 15 cent per kilowatt hour depending on the technology deployed. Co-firing with miscanthus or willow will qualify for the rate of 9.5c per kilowatt hour which is fully payable to the generator.