Emerging issues from producing electricity from Renewable Energy

02 May 2019

Work in progress

We are currently undertaking work in order to produce this publication.  Details of when we aim to publish the finalised report are indicated below. 

We are currently undertaking work in order to produce this publication.  

The government backed Northern Ireland Renewables Obligation (NIRO) provides a financial incentive, in the form of Renewables Obligations Certificates (ROCs), to accredited generators of electricity from renewable sources, such as wind, solar and anaerobic digester plants.

We are currently carrying out a piece of work to identify the facts around this whole area and particularly in relation to some issues that have been identified around anaerobic digester plants and onshore wind turbines.  We will also assess the existence and effectiveness of any joined up strategic and operational partnership arrangements across government to support the NIRO scheme.

This report will include establishing the facts around:

  • the NIRO scheme, including how it is funded and the impact on consumers’ electricity bills;
  • the accreditation process of renewable electricity generators, in particular wind turbines and anaerobic digester plants;
  • how planning permission and environmental issues relating to anaerobic digester plants have been considered;
  • the rate of return that is achievable from ROCs, particularly for larger electricity generators from biogas produced by anaerobic digesters and onshore wind;
  • renewable electricity generators not connected to the grid - how the electricity they generate is used and the incentives they receive.

We plan to publish our report early in Spring 2020.