Wednesday, 24 October 2007
Dáil Eireann Debate
271. Deputy Martin Ferris asked the Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources the plans in place to facilitate net metering for those who generate small amounts of renewable energy to be incorporated into the all-island single electricity market. [25732/07]
Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources (Deputy Eamon Ryan): The Programme for Government commits to developing Ireland’s considerable potential for distributed generation, including micro-generation. In terms of international best practice we have a considerable distance to catch up.
The first step in implementing the Programme for Government commitment, in relation to micro-generation, is the facilitation of a ‘net metering’ system whereby local producers can sell surplus electricity they generate back to the grid.  This will be facilitated by the introduction of smart meters to all micro-generation sites.
My Department is working closely with the Commission for Energy Regulation, Sustainable Energy Ireland, ESB Networks and the Electro-Technical Council of Ireland, to put in place these and all other administrative, technical and safety standards and practices to underpin the widespread deployment of micro-generation technologies.
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