Meeting with Dept Communication, Energy and Natural Resources April 2nd 2014 Preparatory notes

People’s Energy Charter

Meeting with Dept Communication, Energy and Natural Resources
April 2nd 4pm

There are a two key, timely, events that support the urgency of an Energy Transition Plan:

  • Climate change MUST be taken into serious consideration. The latest IPCC report is out and it is not good. In fact the current course points towards disaster
  • The NESC commissioned research proposed that Ireland needs an Energy Transition Plan along the lines of the Energiewende. Further reading from Geraint Ellis who carried out the research. The first link is a good indicator of what was in the NESC report:

http://www.eolasmagazine.ie/community-acceptance-and-the-future-of-wind-energy/
http://pure.qub.ac.uk/portal/en/publications/community-acceptance-and-the-future-of-wind-energy(c2aa1eab-6150-420d-8549-aee11478cf33).html
Energiewende – http://energytransition.de/
http://www.oxfordenergy.org/wpcms/wp-content/uploads/2012/07/SP-26.pdf

Agenda

Focus of this meeting:
“Commitment to and explore a collaborative, community focused, long term Energy Transition Plan ETP with Comprehensive Public Participation CPP”
ETP or Fuinneamh Feasta as SLR call it in NESC proposal.

Over arching considerations for communities – and government
Throughout this process we must keep in mind our base assumptions –

  • Communities must be involved in planning
  • Energy efficiency must be a priority
  • Renewable energy needs to be developed to reduce our dependency on fossil fuels
  • Fuel poverty needs to be addressed, guided by the principles of equality
  • Climate change and other environmental issues must be addressed

Some broad questions:

  1. Relevance of NREAP – can it be considered legitimate given Aarhus Compliance Committees ruling? What purpose is it serving other than being a target? Can it be deemed void?
  2. Where do all the branch policies, bio-energy, wind, export etc, fit into the national energy policy – upcoming green paper?
  3. Significance of Climate change and an equitable energy supply. Does the DCENR have any tangible commitments to either?
  4. NESC commissioned research on community acceptance of wind energy. The feedback was an energy transition plan with greater public participation and “community engagement”. Are those present aware of that report?
  5. What can be considered comprehensive public participation?
  6. How to skill up communities to engage in the consultation process?