The initial consultation on potential future supports for renewable electricity is seeking views on the available technologies, their cost effectiveness and the level of support required. It also seeks views on some of the high level design aspects for a support scheme.
On 10 September, Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources, Alex White, announced an extension of the public consultation until 18 September 2015.
The extension had been granted at the request of a number of key stakeholders and will help ensure that citizens, industry and other stakeholders have the opportunity to submit their views before the programme moves to the design options phase later this year. The Minister confirmed that this will not have an impact on the overall project timelines and that, subject to state aid and Government approval, he expects both schemes to be available in 2016.
The initial phase of this consultation closed on the 18th September 2015. There will be an additional public consultation phase announced later this year which will explore the potential design options for the structure of the support scheme and seek feedback on the preferred design options and implementation of the scheme.