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Ireland’s Energy Challenge – Community Solutions Seminar

March 6, 2015 8:30 am - 1:00 pm



Tipperary Green Business Network in association with Tipperary Energy Agency invite you to a seminar on 

Ireland’s Energy Challenge – Community Solutions Seminar

The objectives of this seminar are to engage interested individuals and community representatives in discussion on current and future energy policy in Ireland and help influence the shape of the White Paper on Energy currently being drafted.

The event will feature researchers, policy makers, and representatives from the local government as well as speakers on exemplar community energy initiatives and businesses in Ireland. The event is open to all interested individuals, community representatives and business people

Registration can be completed at the bottom of this page.

Venue: Halla na Féile, Canopy Street, Cashel, Co, Tipperary. (LIMITED FREE PARKING AVAILABLE AT REAR OF HALL)

8:30 – Registration
9:10 –Tom Pollard (Chairman, TGBN)  Welcome & Introduction

9.15 – Paul Kenny, CEO, Tipperary Energy Agency, “Why is there a problem with Energy? – Our use of power & the scale of the challenge in Ireland”

9.30 – Errol Close, Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources, Summary of White Paper process and preliminary findings

9.45  Edel Grace, Keeper Hill/Upperchurch/Kilcommon Wind Awareness Group & Slieve Ardagh Enviornment Group

10.00 – Dr. David Connolly, Aalborg University, Denmark (Video)

10:15 – Facilitated Panel Discussion with Michael Woulfe Tipperary County Council, Errol Close, DCENR, Tom Pollard, Edel Grace  (Community Representatives),  Paul Kenny, Tipperary Energy Agency. The discussion will be chaired by Gearóid Fitzgibbon, Community Worker, North Tipperary Leader Partnership

10:45 – Tea and Coffee

11.05 – What is the solution? – Highlighting of exemplar Community Energy Projects – Introduction Gearóid Fitzgibbon
11.10 – Dara Molloy, Comharchumann Fuinnimh Oilean Arann – Aran Islands Community Energy Co-operative
11.20 – John Fogarty, Templederry Community Windfarm
11.30 – Tim Mcswiney – Heating Tralee town from local wood chip
11.40 – Michael Pearson, Principal, Gurteen College
11.50 – Noel Byrne, Energy Communities Tipperary (ECT)
12.00 –Tom Larkin, H & L Environmental Services – Anaerobic Digestion
12.10 – Paul O’ Brien, Solaregy – Photovoltaic energy in Tipperary
12.20 – Q & A, and Closing address by Ms. Nellie Reid, LEED Fellow (&TGBN Steering Group Member)

Registration for this event is essential. To register please complete the following online form and click submit.



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March 6, 2015
8:30 am - 1:00 pm


Halla Na Féile
Canopy Street, Cashel Ireland + Google Map


Tipperary Green Business Network