The Oireachtas Committee on Climate Change and Environment has issued an invitation to representatives of the Commission for Regulation of Utilities, Water and Energy to appear before it, to address concerns in relation to the proposed Mayo Power Plant in Killala.

That was confirmed to Mayo Fianna Fail TD Dara Calleary yesterday by Chair of the Committee Deputy Hildegarde Naughton.

Deputy Calleary had contacted Deputy Naughton following the decision by the CRU to last week issue a Certificate of High Efficiency to the company with a rate of 18% - compared to the 100% issued previously.

Some €95 million has already been spent on the €255m high-efficiency combined heat and power plant in Killala.

Work on the plant was halted in 2016 when one of the investors withdrew from the project.

New investors then came on board to complete the 45 megawatt biomass-fuelled power plant, and they applied for the necessary consents.

Renewed consents were was given by Mayo County Council, the EPA and ESB Networks, while the energy regulator has taken since last May to respond.

Deputy Calleary told Midwest News that the invitation has now been officially extended to the CRU  to appear before the committee on April 2nd.


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