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Renewable Energy

Volume 453: debated on Monday 27 November 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many applications for personal grants to install renewable energy in private homes in Northern Ireland have been received by his Department. (101813)

As at 24 November 2006, 1,287 applications for grants for the installation of renewable technologies in private homes have been received, since the launch of the EREF Household Programme on 24 July 2006.

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what steps his Department plans to take to advertise renewable energy funding packages. (101814)

When the Environment and Renewable Energy Fund was launched by the Secretary of State in February there was substantial media coverage of the new fund and its various elements. A senior information officer has been appointed within the Department of Enterprise, Trade and Investment to promote all aspects of the fund through an integrated communications strategy, linked to the overall Northern Ireland sustainable development strategy. Specific programmes, such as the Household Renewables Programme launched in July and the Energy from Waste call made in September have already been given prominence through the media and there has been an excellent response to both schemes.