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Regulator before Oireachtas committee about Mayo Power

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Áine Ryan

THE national importance of the development and delivery of the beleaguered Mayo Power plant in Killala will be raised at today’s Joint Oireachtas Committee on Communications, Climate Change and Environment. Fine Gael Senator Michelle Mulherin will question representatives of the energy regulator CRU (Commission for Regulation of Utilities) about its dramatic decision to reduce a former certification of 100 percent to 18 percent in its recent review of the project.  
Senator Mulherin has warned that the €255 million renewable energy project is ‘at risk’ following CRU’S decision to downgrade its Certificate of High Efficiency to 18 percent. It was granted a 100 percent efficiency rating by CER, the former regulator, in 2012.
“The kernel of the questions to be answered by the regulator is, why has the certification changed so drastically for this renewable project now. It is materially the same as the project which was certified in 2012 by the regulator in circumstances where there has been no change in regulation and where the technology proposed is still current by international standards. Mayo Power is partially built and would be completed and operating today but for a financial difficulty in 2016.
“Mayo Power is a very important project for North Mayo and is also of national importance as it will help Ireland achieve its targets on renewable energy. The regulator’s decision calls into question the viability of the plant,” Ms Mulherin said.