In order to construct or reconstruct a generating station, a person must have an Authorisation to Construct or Reconstruct. Similarly, a person must have a Licence to Generate in order to generate electricity.

It is the CRU’s role to grant, monitor the performance of, modify, revoke and enforce these Authorisations and Licences. This role is set out in legislation, which you can see here.

A list of holders of Authorisations and Generation Licences which have been issued by the CRU can be found here.

How to Apply *NEW*

The below forms and guidance were updated in August 2018 and should be used for all applications

Application for an Authorisation or Licence > 40MW

Application for an Authorisation or Licence < 40MW

Guidance Notes- authorisation to construct

Guidance Notes- licence to generate

For further information please contact the team at licensing@cru.ie

Application Fees

Installed Capacity of Generating Station Authorisation to Construct Licence to Generate
1 MW to <5 MW €35 €35
5 MW to <15 MW €100 €55
15 MW to 40MW €100 €100
>40 MW to <50 MW €995 €200
50 MW to <100 MW €1,995 €400
100 MW to <200 MW €6,635 €1,330
200 MW to <500 MW €16,590 €3,320
500 MW and greater €19,905 €3,980

Compliance assurance

If you are granted an Authorisation to Construct or Reconstruct or a Licence to Generate, you are subject to compliance assurance measures by the CRU.

Guidance notes for Generation Licence holders are available here.

Guidance notes for Authorisation Holders on progress reports are available here.

Change of Control

One of the conditions of an Authorisation to Construct or Reconstruct or a Licence to Generate is that the licensee must notify the CRU of a change of control i.e. a change in the entity holding the licence, before or as soon as it is practicable after such a change in control occurs.

If the change of control results in a new shareholder that does not have the appropriate financial or technical abilities, the CRU may revoke the licence and/or request a further change in control, according to the conditions of the licence or authorisation issued.

Enforcement

A person who constructs or reconstructs a generating station without an Authorisation is liable to a fine of up to €100,000. These powers are set out in legislation which you can see here.

Similarly, a person who generates electricity without a Licence to do so is guilty of an offence and liable of a fine up to €1,904 or to imprisonment for a term of up to 12 months, or both. These powers are set out in legislation, which you can see here.