Dear IrBEA Members,
Update from DCENR
IrBEA has received feedback from DCENR over the last 2 weeks, the department seemed genuinely interested in working  to ensure that the Bioenergy policy delivery is appropriate. It is still their intention to roll out RHI by early 2017. The timeline seems to be that there will be another consultation in late June. It will have three components: A questionnaire to related parties. Interviews with specific organisations (including IrBEA) and finally, select workshops. There will then be a final consultation early October, which will be focused both on the procedure for delivering the RHI and the technical content. Element Energy, from London has been appointed to carry out the economic review for RHI. That report is due back in September, in advance of the consultation. There will also be results out shortly on a biogas study which will feed into the consultation.

New IrBEA website launched
IrBEA are pleased to announce the release of their new website at www.irbea.org. We intend to have the latest information and news from bioenergy industry. If you have any questions, comments or suggestions please send them to contact@irbea.ie. Some of the website is now a members only area so you will need a password (irbea543).

IrBEA 'Financing Bioenergy Projects' Workshop & ProAm Golf Tournament - Wed 14th September
IrBEA is organising a half day finance workshop in Dublin at the Luttrellstown Castle hotel followed by lunch and golf in the afternoon. We are currently confirming all the speakers for the morning event and as soon as this is finished with will send out the line-up. The golf tournament will be a shotgun start where each team includes 3 amateurs & 1 professional, they will tee off simultaneously. You can book a team of 3 or book as an individual (and we will put you into team). For further details on confirmed speakers and to book tickets go to Eventbrite. This will be a great opportunity to network with members and meet the IRBEA committee.

            

Bioenergy Study Tour - Denmark
As mentioned in earlier noticeboards we our offering the opportunity to travel to Denmark on a bioenergy tour. Our colleagues at State of Green have got back to us. They have drawn up a proposed schedule which includes some of the following hightlights: 1. Visit to Ramboll a leading district heating consultancies, 2. The Vestfyyn brewery which has a newly installed 4MW woodchip boiler 3. Frichs - site visit where they produce engines and thermal power systems, 4.Oue CHP Plant - 1 MW - Wood pellets, location Maelkevejen, Hobro, 5. Gassum-Hvidsten CHP Plant - 1MW straw, Mariagervej, Spentrup, 6. Auning District Heating Plant - 5 MW straw, Energivej, Auning 7. Glesborg Heating Plant - 2 MW Woodchip, Dusager, Arhus, 8. LIN-KA Energy - Installer of Biofuel heating and steam plants.

I have a list of members who have show an interest in this event and I will send on the itinerary to you in more detail, after that I will be looking for people to confirm their booking. The cost will be in the region of €550 - this will include 3 nights accommodation, flights and travel in Copenhagen, it does not cover food expenses.

AD UK Biogas Event - 6th & 7th July Birmingham
Last year we organised a trip for our members to the UK AD & Biogas event at the NEC in Birmingham it proved to be a very successful trip. IRBEA are now honorary international trade associates members of ADAB (Anaerobic  Digestion and Bioresources Association). This year the event takes place on the 6th & 7th July, as part of the event ADAB  are organising a tour on the 5th July to visit on-farm AD plants, cost will be approximately €50. Please contact Teresa O'Brien (contact@irbea.ie) if you intend to go to this event and would like to take the tour. We are not organising a group this year but we can help with linking up members who can travel together. 

Programme for Partnership 
On the 11th May the government published ‘A Programme for a Partnership Government’, the report documents the government core objectives going forward under the present minority coalition government. The areas of climate change and bioenergy are discussed from page 121 onwards. View


Housing Minister Simon Coveney will not introduce a minimum charge for green recycling bins
Simon Coveney TD in his new position as Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government, is already making waves. A pay-by-weight system is coming into effect for all households from July 1st,  it is his intention to remove the requirement for a minimum charge on green recycling bins. Individual waste collectors can still implement a charge if they see fit. The Green Party has welcomed the move, but say the Government must go further to promote recycling over landfill or incineration. Full story

Have your Say - Tipperary's Draft Renewable Energy Strategy
Public consultation is now open for Tipperary’s Draft Renewable Energy Strategy. It sets out the planning framework to facilitate the sustainable development of renewable energy in Tipperary across all of the renewable energy resources. View here

IBEC Green Business Seminars Announced - May
The agenda’s for the Green Business Seminars have been announced for May. These seminars are useful for businesses who are interested in becoming more resource efficient,  they will take place in Shannon/ Limerick, Dublin, Wexford and Tipperary. There are  some familiar IrBEA members/companies speaking at these events View







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