AQW 39688/11-15

Mr Steven Agnew
Green Party
North Down

Tabled Date: 03/12/2014
Answered On Date: 11/12/2014
Priority Written: Yes

To ask the Minister of Enterprise, Trade and Investment what action she took to ensure that First Flight Wind had the required confidence to enable it to progress with its proposed investment in Northern Ireland's renewable energy generation.

Since the granting of the Crown Estate’s agreement to lease in October 2012 I have met with both the Directors of First Flight Wind (FFW) and other key stakeholders.
I have written to the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) Secretary of State on many occasions to ensure that the implementation of Electricity Market Reform delivers a level playing field for all Northern Ireland renewable generators.
FFW has also had many meetings with senior DETI staff and DETI has supported FFW at meetings with DECC.