Ireland’s Energy Challenge – Community Solutions Seminar held on 5th March

Geaoid Fitzgibbon, North Tipperary LEADER Partnership and Energy Communities Tipperary who facillitaed the panel discussion and Q& A Session

Geaoid Fitzgibbon, North Tipperary LEADER Partnership and Energy Communities Tipperary who facillitaed the panel discussion and Q& A Session

Tipperary Green Business Network in association with Tipperary Energy Agency, recently held a seminar entitled “Ireland’s Energy Challenge – Community Solutions”. The event which took place in Cashel on March 6th received a great deal of interest and was well attended by individuals from various energy backgrounds.

Close to 90 people were in attendance on the day including seven Tipperary County Councillors and Deputy Mattie McGrath, TD. Many of those who attended were representing anti-wind awareness groups and they were given a significant amount of time to pose questions and voice their concerns and opinions.

The objectives of the seminar were to engage interested individuals, businesses and community representatives in discussion on current and future energy policy in Ireland and help influence the shape of the White Paper on Energy currently being drafted. There was a clear point of view which came across during the day and that is, community ownership is key to a vision for future energy policy in Ireland.

The event featured presentations from researchers, policy makers, and representatives from local government. Tipperary Co. Council was represented by Michael Woulfe and Errol Close attended on behalf of the Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources. There were also a number of speakers on exemplar community energy initiatives and businesses in Ireland.

Paul Kenny, CEO< Tipperary Energy Agency, who spoke on the Scale of the Energy Challenge facing Ireland

Paul Kenny, CEO< Tipperary Energy Agency, who spoke on the Scale of the Energy Challenge facing Ireland

Presentations from the day can be found at www.tea.ie and www.tipperarygbn.org

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(L-R) Errol Close, (Dept. Energy, Communications & Natural Resources), John Fogarty, (Chairman,Templederry Community Windfarm), Michael Pearson, (Principal, Gurteen College), Gearoid Fitzgibbon, (Community Development Worker, North Tipperary LEADER Partnership & Energy Communities Tipperary), Paul Kenny, (CEO, Tipperary Energy Agency), Dara O’Maoildhia,(Comharchumann Fuinnimh Oileáin Árann), Paul O'Brien (Solaregy), Noel Byrne, (Energy Communities Tipperary), Tom Larkin, (H & L Environmental), Tim McSwiney (Senior Executive Engineer Kerry Co. Council) Missing from photo Edel Grace who spoke on behalf of Keeper Hill & Kilcommon/Upperchurch Wind Awareness Group & Slieve Ardagh Environment Group

(L-R) Errol Close, (Dept. Energy, Communications & Natural Resources), John Fogarty, (Chairman,Templederry Community Windfarm), Michael Pearson, (Principal, Gurteen College), Gearoid Fitzgibbon, (Community Development Worker, North Tipperary LEADER Partnership & Energy Communities Tipperary), Paul Kenny, (CEO, Tipperary Energy Agency), Dara O’Maoildhia,(Comharchumann Fuinnimh Oileáin Árann), Paul O’Brien (Solaregy), Noel Byrne, (Energy Communities Tipperary), Tom Larkin, (H & L Environmental), Tim McSwiney (Senior Executive Engineer Kerry Co. Council) Missing from photo
Edel Grace who spoke on behalf of Keeper Hill & Kilcommon/Upperchurch Wind Awareness Group & Slieve Ardagh Environment Group

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