Some of you will be wondering what is next for Ireland and our feed in tariffs after the disappointing news that ESB networks will no longer be offering the 19c per unit as an export payment. If you remember they started with the following incentives (which were very welcome even if they weren’t quite as good as we had hoped!)-
1) Payment of 19c per unit exported with a cap at 3000 units per year
2) Payment of 9c per unit thereafter
3) Free fitting of an import/export meter for the first 4000 customers
Unfortunately 1) and 3) are now gone and we are left with 2) which is a very small payment considering the wholesale price and the payments available across the rest of Europe. Why they chose to drop the meter offer is hard to understand considering only 400 were actually installed, only 10% of the expense they had earmarked for this.
But take heart! My contacts within the industry are saying that we are simply “in between two tariff structures” at present and a new one will soon be announced. This will be based on the experience gained from the microgeneration test scheme amongst others, that have been running for almost two years now (testing that will shortly be performed on the Fluxy incidentally). The government will be assessing the data and will, we hope, force ALL the providers to adopt a proper FIT and not just the ESB as it has been up ’til now. After all its not really fair in a free market to expect only one of the electricity providers to support development in this area, it should of course be a level playing field and over time is the only way that it can work.
Watch this space and I’ll keep you up to date on the rumours, and the facts!