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
Primetime on Tuesday May 13th took a look at the Effectiveness of Local Government in Ireland. There was a four man panel with buzz words like power, democracy, sustainability, representation and a lot about control! It was effectively two government representatives defending the reform measures and two opposition representatives arguing that they were the worst … More Trip to RTE for the Primetime debate “How Effective is Local Government”
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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”
I attended the Irish Renewable Energy Summit 2014 on February 20th. I found it to be a lot of corporate back slapping and happy talk. Everyone was delighted with their little patch and the bigger picture but absolutely baffled by the challenge of “community acceptance”. As I explained to a couple of folk from SEAI … More Community “Acceptance”