Electric Ireland welcomes the proposed reduction in the overall PSO levy for 2015/16 period of c. 9% compared to the current period and notes the positive impact this will have on all electricity customers. However the proposed PSO levy of €304.8m will continue to be a significant burden for all electricity customers and adds considerably to the overall price of electricity.
Electric Ireland also notes that over 50% of the proposed PSO levy (€173.9m) relates to Renewables and suggests that every effort be made in future years to cap, and ideally reduce, this amount. The wind market in Ireland is at this point a mature and well established market and we believe it does not warrant any further subsidy beyond current commitments. The hardpressed energy customer cannot sustain further subsidisation through the PSO and we would urge policy makers to ensure no additional subsidies are created beyond existing PSO commitments.
It is difficult to see how the Government can justify increases to subsidies to wind generators, although Energy Minister Alex White seems committed to fulfilling every wish of the wind industry.