DETI has launched a 2 week consultation on revised proposals for closure of the NIRO to new onshore wind projects from 1 April 2016.
This follows the approval by the NI Assembly on Monday of the legislation on closure arrangements for non-wind projects.
The consultation today proposes closure of the NIRO from 1 April 2016 to new onshore wind projects which do not meet specific eligibility criteria. Projects that meet the early closure eligibility criteria will be able to apply to accredit under the NIRO to 31 March 2017, with a further 12 month grid and radar delay grace period for projects which can demonstrate they meet the relevant criteria.
The consultation closes for responses at 5pm on Wednesday 14 October 2015.
Published: 30 September 2015
In September 2015, DETI published a 2 week consultation on proposed early closure of Northern Ireland Renewables Obligation (NIRO) to onshore wind in 2016. This document is the DETI Response to the consultation.
The response confirms closure of the NIRO to large scale onshore wind from 1 April 2016 with exceptions in the form of grace periods for eligible projects. The NIRO will remain open for the time being to small scale wind until further consultation is completed. The Minister will consult further on closure arrangements for small scale onshore wind, which must now be set in the context of DECC’s intention to protect GB consumers if Northern Ireland does not close the NIRO on equivalent terms to GB.
The proposed closure to large scale wind will be adopted in a Renewables Obligation Closure Order (Northern Ireland) 2016 which is intended to come into operation in mid March.
Published: 4 March 2016