Dear IrBEA Members

1. IrBEA response to CER Review of Connection and Grid Access Policy. The CER invited responses to a Consultation Paper on the Review of Connection and Grid Access Policy. It initiates a review of existing connection policy and requests views on the CER's proposals for the enduring connection policy regime which will be developed over the course of 2016 and on proposals for transitional arrangements to be decided upon in early 2016. IrBEA asked Tom Bruton/BioXL to lead and coordinate the work in regard to written consultation process. Following feedback from members on a draft IrBEA document, today we submitted the finalised IrBEA response.

2. **Next week** IrBEA’s 15th National Bioenergy Conference – Wed 3rd February
There’s just a few days to IrBEA's 15th National Bioenergy Conference, Wednesday 3 February 2016 at the Castleknock Hotel and Country Club, Dublin 15. A lot of important issues will be discussed of interest to bioenergy players. IrBEA has a strong line up of speakers, both international and national. And significant networking opportunities exist for participants. Book to avoid disappointment as numbers are filling up fast. See programme and book online here  

3. RTE Countrywide Saturday 30 January - a focus on bioenergy.  Tomorrow morning from 8.10-9.00am the popular rural radio magazine show Countrywide, hosted by Damien O'Reilly, will have a live studio item on bioenergy. Tom Bruton, past president of IrBEA and principal in BioXL consultancy will be interviewed, along with Dr Cara Augustenborg, chair of Friends of the Earth Ireland (Cara is also speaking at the IrBEA Conference 3rd Feb). Topics to be discussed on Countrywide will include: why bioenergy is important now, opportunities for sector growth, the policy vacuum, GHG emissions, meeting EU targets and new climate change commitments, prioritising bioenergy within overall renewables, .... and next week's National Bioenergy Conference. Retweet this notice, and please tune in if you can!

Michael Hegarty
IrBEA General Manager

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