Mayo FG Senator Michelle Mulherin has described the Commission for Regulation of Utilities’ (CRU) apparent prevarication over an application for a certificate of high efficiency for a planned biomass power plant in Killala as “crazy”.
The Senator has raised the Mayo Renewable Power project in the Seanad, noting that the CRU has yet to issue a decision on the company’s latest application for a certificate of high efficiency for the 45 MW combined heat and power plant it wants to complete development on.
The new application was lodged in April after the CRU, following a protracted adjudication process, issued a certificate of reduced efficiency.
The CRU stated at the time that any new application would be dealt with expeditiously, given its familiarity with the project:
“Unfortunately, though the company submitted an application shortly after that, the process is still ongoing and seems to be running into the same dead ends and unsatisfactory explanations from the Regulator, which we thought had been cleared up,” Senator Mulherin complained and asked that the regulator be required to make a statement on the matter:
“Why would private investors who are being asked to build these power plants and invest in renewable energy projects hang around if they cannot do business in any sort of timely manner? It is crazy,” she argued.