Belfast Telegraph

Renewables review to seek value for money

By Amanda Poole

Energy Minister Arlene Foster has launched two further public consultations on proposed changes to the Northern Ireland Renewables Obligation (NIRO).

The consultation proposes changes to the level of support for large scale solar photovoltaic generating stations, as well as changes to support and sustainability criteria of biomass.

This includes a requirement for wood fuel to come from sustainably managed forests, and a proposal to set a clear pathway to reduce the carbon intensity of biomass generation.

Arlene Foster said NIRO has been successful in increasing the amount of electricity generated from renewable sources, but it is important to review this on a regular basis to reflect changes in technology costs.

The DUP MLA added: "This consultation proposes changes to large scale solar PV and biomass-related issues which are important renewable technologies as we move towards a more low-carbon energy mix.

"The proposals encourage the most economically viable schemes under NIRO and ensure value for money for the bill payers."