Consultation Workshops for Communities in Renewable Electricity

Workshops in Sligo, and Tipperary

The Tipperary Energy Agency and the Western Development Commission in association with the Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment would like to invite you to a consultation workshop for communities that are interested in the upcoming Renewable Electricity Support Scheme (RESS) auctions and the associated community proposals. The Government is committed to the first RESS auction happening in June 2020 and the current consultation on RESS 1 closes on January 17th 2020.

The workshops will discuss the 4 Key Community Pillars proposed:

Community Led Renewable Energy Projects

  • Separate community category in auctions
  • Enabling framework for community energy projects – range of support

 Developer Led Renewable Energy Projects

  • Mandatory community benefit fund
  • Mandatory community investment offering

The workshop locations are as follows:

  • Friday 10th January 09.30 – 2pm IT Sligo

Click HERE to register  https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/community-consultation-workshop-for-renewable-electricity-support-scheme-tickets-86672123655

  • Tuesday 14th January 09.30 – 2pm Abbey Court Hotel Nenagh Co Tipperary

Click HERE to register https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/community-consultation-workshop-for-renewable-electricity-support-scheme-tickets-86706121343

The Department and SEAI are supporting our roadshow initiative and encourage attendance and open discussion in the three events. Everything remains open for improvement. They have asked that community reps focus on a few key elements of what is a large consultation document found here https://www.dccae.gov.ie/en-ie/energy/consultations/Pages/Public-Consultation-on-the-Draft-RESS-Terms-and-Conditions.aspx

  • Proposed definition of community renewable project – page 17. Linking to section 7.1.1 on page 60.
  • Proposed community category in support scheme – pages 47-49
  • Proposed community aspects of support scheme – pages 60-63. Please note there are two errors relating to the Community Benefit Fund proposals on pages 61-62.  First, 7.2.4 provisions a and b were meant to be combined at 25%, not 25% each. Second, 7.2.2 appears to suggest that only enterprises active in energy or climate need apply. This was only intended for 50% of the fund.  So, the fund make up was meant to read up to 25% for near neighbours, 50% or more for energy and climate action, 5% for admin and the remaining 20% for all sorts of clubs, societies and not-for-profit initiatives.
  • Proposed citizen investment scheme – Appendix C.
  • At the roadshow events the Department and SEAI also seek discussion on what supports communities will need to deliver their own projects. They plan to start constructing an enabling framework early in 2020.

Other useful reference documents include:

Assessment of models for community renewables in Ireland https://www.dccae.gov.ie/en-ie/energy/consultations/Documents/28/consultations/Assessment%20of%20models%20for%20community%20renewables%20in%20Ireland.pdf

–    Research paper on co-ownership of renewable energy projects https://www.seai.ie/documents/research-projects/RDD-000095.pdf

Contact Dr Orla Nic Suibhne for further information.

LECo Project Officer,

Western Development Commission

Mob: 087-7449405