For Oral Answer on : 08/11/2022
Question Number(s): 30 Question Reference(s): 55280/22
Department: Environment, Climate and Communications
Asked by: David Stanton T.D.
[Ref No.: 55280/22]
To ask the Minister for the Environment, Climate and Communications if he will report on the clean export guarantee as part of the micro-generation support scheme; and if he will make a statement on the matter. – David Stanton.
For ORAL answer on Tuesday, 8th November, 2022.
(48 Received on 19th October, 2022.)
Under Article 21, 2(d) of the recast Renewable Energy Directive, consumers are entitled to receive remuneration for self-generated electricity they feed into the grid. To provide for this provision, the Commission for Regulation of Utilities (CRU) published an interim decision for the Clean Export Guarantee (CEG) tariff in December 2021, which outlines arrangements for its implementation, including eligibility criteria and remuneration methodology. As part of this, the CRU decided that suppliers will set their individual CEG tariffs on a competitive market basis which must be reflective of the market value of the electricity, in line with the requirements of the Renewable Energy Directive.
I am aware that suppliers have published a range of CEG tariffs from €13.5c/kWh up to €20c/kWh, which allows customers to choose the best tariff arrangement that suits their particular needs. Moreover, the CRU has asked all suppliers to communicate their decision to their customers on when initial CEG payments will be made at the earliest opportunity.
However, regardless of individual supplier arrangements, micro-generators will not lose out while payment systems are put in place; as payments to customers will be backdated to when they either became eligible or to the 15th February 2022.
Finally, I also understand that the CRU propose to undertake a review of the Interim CEG arrangements after one year, including analysis of export tariffs to ensure that remuneration reflects market value, as required by the Renewables Energy Directive.
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