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.