the network for communities building local resilience
A couple of people from TINI suggested that we make a submission to the Renewable Energy Export and Development Policy
A bit of feedback from TheJournal.ie http://www.thejournal.ie/duncan-stewart-peoples-charter-energy-plan... some photos https://www.facebook.com/PCREI/photos_stream
I think this is so important we should broadcast it to all members and bring their attention to it. Is there some way we can set up a statement and seek support from individuals and groups. I see no mention of developing local grids that would allow for community owned energy generation projects to feed into the national grid, never mind exporting.
I also believe there will be costs to the citizen of Ireland in putting in the super grid structures and then we will see these wind-farms being sold off, perhaps even with Coilte attached.
We are lagging behind in tariffs being paid to micro generators and I see this as a cynical move to create another asset stripping sale to the corporate supporters of the parties in power in this country. As George Monbiot pointed out recently, we have no democracy any more, I'm not sure if we have ever really had it yet.
It is all being pushed in as fast as possible while the bulk of the giant sleeps. The rest are just tutting at the folk in the midlands being anti wind!
We should be doing something. Transition is about the local action and resilience. This just flies in the face of that. Everybody who considers transition the way forward needs to engage in this one.
Just thinking about when this NREAP was being drafted. TINI was very much alive and well looking at energy issues, peak oil and renewables anyway. Based on the historical way these procedures play out we should have been one of the obvious "stake holders" who definitely should have been approached.
I reckon we should object to the NREAP based on the fact that we were actively discussing peak oil, energy dependency, climate change and renewable energy. We were possibly even planning our briefing for Leinster House.
A few of us have been working on a submission which we hope to have finalised tomorrow to be circulated before being sent to the department. If anyone wants to come in at this late stage now if is your chance!
Well here is my submission attached which I have made on behalf of TINI, due to deadlines there was no time to circulate before emailing in.
Sorry, this is Alex Duffy as TINI..
Thanks Alex. It's been a long day! Sorry I couldn't help you out more - I got caught leaving mine too late!
Your example was great, without you I would not have done one at all, so our collective thanks to you Theresa.
These things are nightmarish, but I learnt so much recently about the whole area of renewable energy in Ireland and I look forward to establishing Energy Co ops now.. !!
I see in my own submission one or two typo's where the spell check puts the wrong word in, but it gets the points across anyway...