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Studies and Reports
Powerful Community Pathway: Boyle
Irish households have the highest carbon footprint in Europe. With this comes a set of downsides that impact people health and standard of living. Solutions are now economically viable, adaptable and user-friendly, plus they can build momentum for community development.
The goal of this study is to draw a baseline of the typical household energy profile in the town of Boyle (Co. Roscommon), in order to model an energy transition scenario that unlocks shared welfare for the community. We call this Powerful Community Pathway (PCP).
A household energy survey was designed and administered to 103 households representing roughly 10% of the occupied housing stock in Boyle. Data was processed to obtain information about households energy landscape. Then, an investment scenario to 2025 was modeled, comprising costs-saving actions in the domains of Knowledge, Houses, Transport, with the Community domain acting as an underlying catalyst.
Our scenario analysis shows that investment in sustainable energy unlocks savings up to € 6.1 million.
Solar Energy in Ireland
Solar energy has the potential to become a significant energy source in the Republic of Ireland. This paper presents arguments against and for solar energy with focus on planning, community benefits, environmental impacts and intermittency. Ireland’s 2020 GHG emissions reduction target is a 20% reduction in non-emission trading scheme (ETS) emissions compared to 2005 levels. However the deployment of solar energy will require citizens’ engagement and the government needs to play greater role in the transition to a low carbon future. The paper presents Good Energies Alliance Ireland’s position regarding solar energy development in the Republic of Ireland, supported with several case studies.
Wind Energy in Ireland
Wind power is considered to be a clean source of energy with a great role in the global development of renewable energy. The objective of this paper is to present both the pros and the cons of wind energy in Ireland, with a focus on the two most important issues: consultation as part of the planning process and environmental impacts.
Microgeneration in Ireland
In our view, micro-scale electricity generation is a very crucial step towards a low carbon transition.
Press releases & policy submissions
That was the question a team of young European researchers hosted by Good Energies Alliance Ireland (GEAI) spent six months working to answer. In December, the team produced the first Irish county-based carbon inventory report of its kind, the Leitrim Cróga Report....
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At their last County Council meeting, a discussion was held on the response of Leitrim to climate change. Councillor Sean McDermott proposed a motion designating Leitrim as a “Carbon Neutral” county with renewable energy compensating for our carbon emissions,...
Our recent submission to the NWRA concerning their Regional Spatial Strategy, has been hard-hitting concerning the report’s lack of emphasis of Climate Change and the urgency of responding to it. Once again, serious climate change commitments are lacking at regional...
Last September a public consultation on the National Adaptation Framework on climate change was launched by the Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment and we, at GEAI, submitted our opinion, making thirty-seven recommendations. The document gave...
We at GEAI responded to the public consultation on the Design of a new Renewable Electricity Support Scheme (RESS) launched the 04th of September 2017 by the Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment. The consultation document contains an economic...