Dear IrBEA Members

1. Potential scenario for 100% renewable energy in Ireland - presentation 23rd March. Prof. David Connolly, Associate Professor in Energy Planning at Aalborg University in Copenhagen, will give a talk about Green Plan Ireland on the 23rd of March at the Institute for International and European Affairs, Dublin. The presentation outlines the steps required in Ireland to transition away from fossil fuels to 100% renewable energy. ‘Green Plan Ireland’, a peer-reviewed scientific study which he authored, shows how Ireland could produce all of its energy needs from renewables resources without increasing the price of energy. He will also address the theme of heating, including district heating and heat pumps, which shows what can be done in the short-term. See more here

2. €20m pilot for energy efficiency to combat fuel poverty. A €20 million pilot project to improve energy efficiency in the homes of people with acute health conditions is due to commence this month (March), according to the Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources (DCENR). It also envisages the future introduction of minimum thermal efficiency standards in rented accommodation. The scheme will be expanded next year to target low-income households with young children. The strategy also heralds a public consultation on proposals to introduce minimum energy efficiency standards for rental accommodation. This would mean that, in time, properties could not be let unless they had a BER certificate above a certain standard. This would not be introduced before 2020, to give time for the property market to stabilise. It would then apply initially to new leases only, and it would be staged, starting with properties with the lowest BER rating. See press release and strategy for download here

2. Global Energy Architecture Performance Index Report 2016. The Energy Architecture Performance Index (EAPI), developed by the World Economic Forum, aims to provide an additional set of data to help leaders benchmark the current performance of national energy systems, and inform decision-making in the context of the changes under way in the global energy landscape. The report ranks 126 countries based on 18 different indicators. Together, they provide a measure of how effectively an energy system provides energy security and sustainability, while still contributing to economic prosperity. The UK ranks 16th and Ireland ranks 23rd. Details.

3. Energy Show 2016, 6-7 April. The flagship energy event in the Irish Business calendar, the Energy Show 2016 returns to the RDS Dublin on Wednesday 6th (10am- 7pm) and Thursday 7th of April (9am - 5pm) and is now open for registration. A free event targeted at businesses, SEAI says attendees can see the latest energy saving solutions at the exhibition and learn about recent market developments at the many briefing sessions and networking events. The WFQA will again have a stand at the show. See show details and registration
   
4. GREBE project launch – details and presentations. The EU-funded project 'Generating Renewable Energy Business Enterprise' (GREBE) was launched in Ballina, Co Mayo, at the end of February. IrBEA is an associate partner in the project which is led by Western Development Commission and has partners from the North West Periphery Region including Northern Ireland, Scotland, Norway, Iceland and Finland. GREBE aims to equip SMEs and start-ups with the skills and confidence to overcome sector challenges in their areas and use place-based natural assets for renewable energy to sustainable effect. Presentations from the launch and other project detail are available here
 

Michael Hegarty
IrBEA General Manager

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