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Notice of Determination under the Offshore Electricity Development (Environmental Impact Assessment) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2008 and screening opinion under the Marine Works (Environmental Impact Assessment) Regulations 2007.

The Department of Enterprise, Trade and Investment and the Department of Environment has received a request from First Flight Limited for a determination as to the need for an environmental impact assessment in relation to a proposal to construct and operate a 600 megawatt windfarm situated off the coast of County Down, with an area of approximately 450 square kilometres offered under development rights from the Crown Estate.

The date of this notice is 27 February 2014

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For further information please see attached link

Offshore Electricity Development

Decision Paper - Gas Applications Regulations and Published Criteria

The Department of Enterprise, Trade and Investment has published its response to comments received during the 2013 consultation on “Proposed Amendments to the Gas (Applications for Licences and Extensions) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 1996 and Published Criteria.

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Criteria for Gas Licence Applications and Applications for Consent to Construct major Pipe-lines, Gas Storage or LNG facilities

Following consultation, the Department of Enterprise, Trade and Investment has finalised its updated “Published Criteria” against which the Northern Ireland Authority for Utility Regulation will assess any application for a gas conveyance, gas storage, gas supply or LNG Licence in Northern Ireland.

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CONSULTATION ON DRAFT EQUALITY IMPACT ASSESSMENT ON PROPOSALS TO EXTEND THE NATURAL GAS NETWORK IN NORTHERN IRELAND

The Department of Enterprise, Trade and Investment is seeking views and comments on a draft Equality Impact Assessment (EQIA) carried out by the Department on proposals to extend the natural gas network in Northern Ireland to further towns in the West and North-West.  

All comments received on the draft EQIA will help to inform the Department’s decisions on how best to take forward its statutory equality obligations as part of the delivery, in liaison with the Northern Ireland Authority for Utility Regulation, of its policy on gas network extension.

If you require access to this consultation paper in a different format – e.g. Braille, disc, audio cassette - or in a minority ethnic language - please contact the Department on 028 9052 9398 and appropriate arrangements will be made as soon as possible.

Responses to the consultation should be sent to gasextension@detini.gov.uk to arrive no later than Friday 7 February 2014

If you have any problems accessing the consultation document, or any queries on the consultation process, please do not hesitate to contact IreneMcAllister (tel: 028 9052 9398 or e-mail: irene.mcallister@detini.gov.uk).

The Consultation document can be obtained by clicking on the link below:

consultation_-_draft_equality_impact_assessment_-_extension_of_gas_network_to_the_west_and_north-west (PDF 904 KB)

Proposed Amendments to the Gas (Applications for Licences and Extensions Regulations (NI) 1996 and Published Criteria

The Department of Enterprise, Trade and Investment has launched a statutory consultation seeking views and comments on proposed amendments to the Gas (Applications for Licences and Extensions) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 1996 (“the Gas Regulations”) and to revisions to the criteria published by the Department (“the Published Criteria”) against which the Northern Ireland Authority for Utility Regulation (“the Utility Regulator”) will assess gas licence applications.

All responses to this consultation should be submitted by 6 September 2013 to gasapplicationslicences@detini.gov.uk

The Consultation document can be obtained by clicking on the link below:

CONSULTATION ON PROPOSED AMENDMENTS TO THE GAS (APPLICATIONS FOR LICENCES AND EXTENSIONS) REGULATIONS (NORTHERN IRELAND) 1996 AND PUBLISHED CRITERIA (PDF 469 KB)

Consultation on Policy Proposals for an Offshore Renewable Energy Bill

The Department of Enterprise, Trade and Investment has launched a statutory consultation on further legislative measures to transpose the EU Third Energy Package

The Department is seeking views and comments on a number of proposed legislative amendments to the Gas (Northern Ireland) Order 1996 (“the Gas Order”); the Energy (Northern Ireland) Order 2003 (“the Energy Order”); the Electricity (Single Wholesale Market) (Northern Ireland) 2007 (“the SEM Order”); the Gas and Electricity (Internal Markets) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2011 (“the IME3 Regulations”); and the Competition and Service (Electricity) (Northern Ireland) Order 1992 (“the Competition and Service Order”) which will implement certain requirements of the EU Third Energy Package.

All responses to this consultation should be submitted by 25 February 2013 to LNG@detini.gov.uk

The consultation document can be obtained by clicking on the link below:

CONSULTATION ON FURTHER LEGISLATIVE MEASURES TO (PDF 335 KB)TRANSPOSE THE EU THIRD ENERGY PACKAGE (PDF 335 KB)

Responses to the consultation

The Department received 8 responses to the consultation. These can be viewed below.

Mutual Energy Ltd

Power NI Energy Ltd

Electricity Association of Ireland

Firmus energy Ltd

The Consumer Council

NI Electricity Ltd

Bord Gais Networks Ltd

SSE Ireland Ltd

The Department compiled a synopsis of the responses including the Department’s view on the issues raised. This is available below.

Summary of Consultee Responses and Government Response

The Department intends to have the legislation in place by 12 April 2013

New Electricity Regulations. Coming into operation on 31 December 2012

The Electricity Safety, Quality and Continuity Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2012. (ESQCR) [2012 No.381]

These new Regulations specify safety standards aimed at protecting the general public and electricity consumers from any danger posed by electrical owned or operated by generators, distributors or suppliers of electricity . In addition the Regulations specify power quality and supply continuity requirements to ensure an efficient and economic electricity supply service for consumers.

The ESQCR will replace the Electricity Supply Regulations (Northern Ireland) 1991

The Regulations are available from The Stationery Office at www.tsoshop.co.uk

ESQCR Guidance Document (Northern Ireland) 2012

The guidance document is intended to assist duty holders in meeting the requirements of the Regulations.

Guidance Document

Consultation on proposed amendments to the Gas (Applications for Licences and Extensions) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 1996

The Department of Enterprise, Trade and Investment has launched a statutory consultation seeking views and comments over a three month period on a number of minor amendments/updates to the Gas (Applications for Licences and Extensions) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 1996

All responses to this consultation should be submitted by 7 December 2012 to gasapplicationslicences@detini.gov.uk

The Consultation document can be obtained by clicking on the link below:

CONSULTATION ON PROPOSED AMENDMENTS TO THE GAS (APPLICATIONS FOR LICENCES AND EXTENSIONS) REGULATIONS (NORTHERN IRELAND) 1996 (PDF 239 KB)

DETI Response to 2012 Consultation on Amendments to the Gas (Applications for Licences and Extensions) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 1996

Responses

BGE NI Response to DETI Consultation on proposed Amendments to Gas applications for Licences Extensions Regs NI 2013

Designating the provisions of EC Regulations No.714/2009 (the Electricity Regulation) and No. 715/2009 (the Gas Regulation) as Relevant Requirements

May 2012

The Department is seeking consultees’ comments on its proposals to designate provisions of the Electricity and Gas Regulations as relevant requirements pursuant to Articles 41A and 41B of the Energy (Northern Ireland) Order 2003. Articles 41A and 41B require the Department to designate as relevant requirements those provisions of the Electricity Regulation and the Gas Regulation which impose a duty or requirement on any regulated person and to publish such designation in the Belfast Gazette.

Designating the provisions will have the effect of bringing them within the enforcement regime under the Energy Order. This means that the Northern Ireland Authority for Utility Regulation (‘the Utility Regulator’) can enforce at national level the obligations under the Regulations and, if necessary, impose penalties for non-compliance.

The consultation can be accessed at the link below and comments should be forwarded to

electricity@detini.gov.uk by 27 July 2012

Relevant Requirements Consultation Document

Consultation on the introduction of electricity distribution licensing exemptions and the imposition of obligations on licence exempt distributors and suppliers

9 July 2012

In this consultation paper, the Department seeks views and comments on the electricity distribution licensing exemptions which should apply in Northern Ireland.

The Department also seeks comments on the proposed imposition of obligations on licence exempt electricity distributors and suppliers in Northern Ireland, which stem from the requirements of Directive EC/72/2009.

The consultation period will close on 12 October 2012.

The consultation document may be accessed here.

Consultation on the Revised Procedure for Electricity and Gas Licence Modifications and Appeals Process

9 July 2012

The Department considers that certain aspects of the legislative arrangements for electricity and gas licence modifications are incompatible with IME 3 package requirements. In order to ensure compliance with the IME 3 requirements, in particular that the National Regulatory Authority can undertake its duties independently and can take autonomous decisions, the Department considers it necessary to review and amend these arrangements.

The consultation paper sets out the Department’s proposals for changes to the gas and electricity licence modification and appeals process in light of the revised arrangements now in place in Great Britain and taking into account any circumstances which are particular to Northern Ireland, and gives consultees an opportunity to comment on those proposals.

The consultation period will close on 12 October 2012.

The consultation document may be accessed here.

Consultation on Policy Proposals for an Energy Bill

The Northern Ireland Executive’s strategic aim is for a more sustainable energy system in which energy is used as efficiently as possible; where much more of our energy is from renewable sources; and where energy is as competitively priced as possible. The Executive’s Strategic Energy Framework (SEF) envisions Northern Ireland’s energy future over years to 2020 with the key energy goals of building competitive markets, ensuring security of supply, enhancing sustainability and developing our energy infrastructure.

In order to pursue these goals, and aid delivery of the SEF, DETI proposes to ask the Northern Ireland Assembly to make new primary legislation, to allow for greater powers for sustainable energy and additional regulatory measures relating to natural gas and electricity.

Representations or objections with respect to the statutory policy consultation may be made by 14 September 2012 to Sustainable Energy Branch, Department of Enterprise, Trade and Investment, Netherleigh, Massey Avenue, Belfast BT4 2JP or by email to energy.bill@detini.gov.uk.

Consultation document can be obtained by clicking on the link below:

Energy Bill Consultation (PDF 1.1 MB)

CONSULTATION ON INTRODUCING NEW ELECTRICITY LEGISLATION TO NORTHERN IRELAND

CONSULTATION ON THE POTENTIAL FOR EXTENDING THE NATURAL GAS NETWORK IN NORTHERN IRELAND

The Department of Enterprise, Trade and Investment has launched a statutory consultation on the potential for extending the natural gas network in Northern Ireland.  This consultation seeks views of stakeholders on how the natural gas network in Northern Ireland might be extended.

All responses to this consultation should be submitted by 30 September 2011 to gasextension@detini.gov.uk

The Consultation document can be obtained by clicking on the link below:

Consultation document on potential for Extending Natural Gas Network in NI.

This Consultation has been informed by a 2010 feasibility study “Potential Extension of Natural Gas and Related Services in Northern Ireland” which was jointly commissioned by the Department and the Northern Ireland Authority for Utility Regulation. To view the executive summary of the study Click Executive Summary of the Natural Gas Feasibility Study

DETI Amendment to the 2011 Energy Bill – Impact Assessment on Primary Powers

DETI Energy Division has been working with the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) in Great Britain to secure an amendment to the 2011 Energy Bill in relation to renewable heat. This amendment, if successful, will provide DETI with powers similar to those contained in the 2008 Energy Act (Section 100) which underpins the introduction of the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) in Great Britain. Links to the aforementioned pieces of legislation are provided below.

Section 100 of the Energy Act 2008

The Energy Bill 2011

In order for this amendment to be tabled DETI has carried out a high-level impact assessment on the potential introduction of a Northern Ireland RHI. DETI expect to launch a public consultation on the introduction of incentive measures for renewable heat in the Summer.

Common Arrangements for Gas Consultation Document 2011

Common Arrangements for Gas Consultation-Responses

Decision paper on the legislative proposals to implement the Third EU Energy Package in Northern Ireland

Third EU Energy Package Decision Paper

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