According to the White Paper “Ireland’s Transition to a Low Carbon Energy Future – 2015-2030”, energy transition will require “improved community engagement in policy making and planning”. In this policy document, the concept of energy citizen is central to the energy transition pathway towards a low carbon economy. In particular, the Government envisages supporting citizen participation in renewable energy & energy efficiency projects.
There is now acknowledgement that top-down driven policies & initiatives have not delivered the required sea-change in trends towards lower energy consumption & energy-related emissions – a more bottom-up focus is required.
It is now more broadly accepted that local communities should benefit from the use & conservation of our natural resources, allowing them to create and/or participate in energy efficiency & renewable energy projects within their region.
Sustainable Energy Communities
Government has provided funding for the roll-out of the SEAI SEC Programme to enable skills & capacity-building within communities that will deliver energy conservation & renewable energy projects in a sustainable replicable manner.
SEAI administrators have government-funded ‘communities energy grant programme’ to drive the upgrading of energy upgrades & renewable energy projects within the community.
Survey & Design Services is actively involved in the preparation of Energy Master Plans & Community Grant Applications, in collaboration with sustainable energy communities.
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