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

Community “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 SEAIContinue reading “Community “Acceptance””

National Energy Review – We need a Vision

Well that has been some week! I met with my local Senator, John Whelan, last Thursday January 9th. We had a long chat about Ireland’s energy policies and everything they evoked. We agreed on lots but one thing in particular – Irelands energy policy needs an overhaul – a complete, extensive review with public participationContinue reading “National Energy Review – We need a Vision”

Ireland – Biofuels, palm oil and industrial waste.

I became aware of NORA – National Oil Reserve Agency while researching Peak Oil back in 2007. A recent document posted on NORA, the state body with responsibility for implementation of the Biofuel Obligation Scheme states some disturbing plans related to palm oil. It reads: “Proposed Determination To Whom it may Concern In accordance withContinue reading “Ireland – Biofuels, palm oil and industrial waste.”