Energy Policy for Ireland – public consultation

July 31st was the last day for submissions to Ireland’s Green Paper on Energy consultation. It’s been a busy few months and we have a while before the draft white paper comes out. Since 2007 I have been involved with communities considering their energy solutions in the face of climate change and peak oil. In … More Energy Policy for Ireland – public consultation

Launch of National Economic and Social Council NESC report “Wind Energy in Ireland : Building Community Engagement and Social Support”

I will start by posting my address. “Speaking as a co-founder of Transition Ireland & Northern Ireland and convener of the *People’s Energy Charter, I am delighted that the word transition appears in this report at least 100 times. Even more welcome is it’s context and intent. I sincerely expect that the People’s Energy Charter – … More Launch of National Economic and Social Council NESC report “Wind Energy in Ireland : Building Community Engagement and Social Support”

Welcoming the debate and stakeholder engagement

This week I attended the Energy Ireland conference. Predictably my agenda was public participation. Almost as predictable is the fact that social or “public acceptance” in energy plans, policies and projects was a big issue throughout the two days with one afternoon workshop being dedicated to “stakeholder engagement”. It got off to a great start when a … More Welcoming the debate and stakeholder engagement

Irish Wind Farmers Association Annual Workshop

Last week I heard that the Irish Wind Farmers Association – IWFA were hosting their annual workshop in Portlaoise so I asked if LEAF – Laois Environmental Action Forum, being the completely voluntary environmental forum in the host county, could have a couple of complimentary tickets so that some members may attend. It is always … More Irish Wind Farmers Association Annual Workshop

Where were the “Public” at the launch of the Green Paper on Energy Policy in Ireland?

Today, May 12th 2014, I attended the launch of the Green Paper on Energy Policy in Ireland. The room appeared full of industry, government officials, representatives of non government organisations and state agencies, the irish Farmers Association; basically plenty of people who looked like they attended such events on a regular basis and were familiar with each … More Where were the “Public” at the launch of the Green Paper on Energy Policy in Ireland?

NESC National and Economic Social Council workshop “Wind Energy in Ireland: The Challenge of Community Engagement and Social Acceptance”

NESC National and Economic Social Council workshop “Wind Energy in Ireland: The Challenge of Community Engagement and Social Acceptance” I am only going to report on the input I had to this workshop on February 28th 2014, as I did not seek agreement from the other attendees to quote them. During my introduction I agreed with someone who … More NESC National and Economic Social Council workshop “Wind Energy in Ireland: The Challenge of Community Engagement and Social Acceptance”