Country:Ireland
Year:2012 (last updated 2016)
Policy status:Ended
Jurisdiction:National
Date Effective:2012 (last updated 2016)
Date Ended:31 December 2015
Policy Type:Economic Instruments>Fiscal/financial incentives>Feed-in tariffs/premiums
Renewable Energy Policy Targets:Multiple RE Sources, CHP, Multiple RE Sources, Power, Wind, Onshore, Hydropower, Bioenergy, Biomass for power, Bioenergy, Biomass for heat
Policy Sector:Electricity, Heating and Cooling
Agency:Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources (DCENR)
URL:http://www.dcenr.gov.ie/energy/en-ie/Renewable-Energy/Pages/Refit-Schemes-Landing-Page.aspx#
URL:http://www.dcenr.gov.ie/energy/SiteCollectionDocuments/Renewable-Energy/Refit%20Reference%20Prices.pdf
URL:http://www.dcenr.gov.ie/energy/en-ie/Renewable-Energy/Pages/Refit-2-landing-page.aspx
Renewable Energy Description:

Renewable Energy Feed-in Tariff (REFIT) scheme in Ireland is split into two programmes: REFIT 2 and REFIT 3.

REFIT 2 programme was opened in March 2012 and covers small and large scale onshore wind, biomass landfill gas and small hydro (≤ 5MW).

REFIT 3 programme opened in February 2012 and supports anaerobic digestion, biomass with CHP and biomass combustion and co-firing.

The REFIT 2 and REFIT 3 competitions are separate schemes with separate terms and conditions in respect to each scheme.

Both schemes close down to new applications on 31st December 2015 or if the capacity caps in both programmes will be reached before that date. REFIT capacity cap is 4,000MW and REFIT 3 has an overall limit of 310 MW, differentiated by technology:

  • Anaerobic digestion (including AD CHP): 50MW
  • Biomass CHP: 100MW
  • Biomass combustion (including co-firing with peat): 160MW.

FIT contracts are awarded for period of 15 years (both for REFIT 2 and REFIT 3).

Projects benefiting from REFIT programmes must be operational by 2017. The financial support awarded through REFIT will not exceed beyond 31st December 2032.

The reference prices for each renewable energy category are adjusted for inflation and act as a floor price for developers. Additional balancing payment is available but is not adjusted for inflation. Balancing payment for 2015 is EUR 10.458/MWh for all technologies.

 

REFIT 2 references prices for new installations in EUR per MWh

Renewable technology

Plant capacity

2014

2015

Onshore wind

> 5 MW

69.581

69.72

< 5 MW

72.023

72.167

Hydropower

 

87.892

88.068

Biomass Landfill Gas

 

85.451

85.622

 

REFIT 3 references prices for new installations in EUR per MWh

Renewable technology

Plant capacity

2014

2015

Biomass combustion

 

89.136

89.314

Biomass Combustion - Energy Crops

99.623

99.822

Biomass CHP

> 1.5 MW

125.839

126.091

< 1.5 MW

146.812

147.106

Anaerobic Digestion (non-CHP)

> 0.5 MW

104.866

105.076

< 0.5 MW

115.353

115.583

Anaerobic Digestion with CHP

> 0.5 MW

136.326

136.598

< 0.5 MW

157.299

157.613

 

Amended:

REFIT 2 & 3 closed down for new projects as of 31st of December 2015.

This record supersedes:Renewable Energy Feed-In Tariff (REFIT 1)

Last modified: Fri, 17 Feb 2017 15:39:30 CET