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Determinations from 1st January 2023

Under the amended Section 44G (2B) of the BOS Act, NORA was required to carry out revised determinations on feedstocks that were double counted but are not explicitly listed in Annex IX Part A of the recast Renewable Energy Directive (RED II).  Where feedstocks are explicitly listed in Annex IX, there is no need to carry out a revised determination.  For example, from 1st January 2023, biofuel produced from straw will receive two Green Certs per megajoule (moving to energy-based obligation in 2023). 

Before making a determination or a revised determination, NORA is required (under Section 44G (11)) to consult with the following persons (the consultees) in order to satisfy itself as to the nature of the renewable fuel feedstock:

  • the National Standards Authority of Ireland (NSAI),
  • the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI),
  • the Environmental Protection Agency,
  • the Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government,
  • other such persons as the Agency considers appropriate.

Following consideration of the opinions provided by the consultees, NORA will make its proposed determination as to the eligibility of a renewable fuel produced from a specific feedstock to receive two RTFO Certificates per megajoule and will publish all such proposed determinations on its website. Unsuccessful applicants will be informed why their products did not meet the criteria for double Certs.

Final Determinations are published here.

Proposed Determinations are published here.

Interested parties may submit representations in writing to NORA in relation to the proposed determination within 28 days of publication.

At the end of the 28 day period, NORA, having considered any representations made, will publish a notice of its determination in the Iris Oifigiúil, on its website and by such other means as is considered appropriate.

Revised determinations take effect from the 1st January 2023. 

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