Over the past number of years I’ve been working as a community worker in Tipperary. Through this I’ve become aware of the potential of the “energy transition” to transform Ireland’s economy.
Ireland spends €6 billion per year on imported energy.
The average small Irish community of 1000 people spends €1 million per year – just on home energy. Cutting this waste, investing in energy efficiency and switching to energy produced in Ireland will create jobs and farm diversification opportunities, especially in parts of Ireland outside the cities, as well as helping meet our climate change targets.
In this clip from an election debate at The Ragg, I outline how energy can be a key part of developing our communities and the local economy
This blogs features articles on my work with Tipperary community energy initiatives – http://www.energycommunities.wordpress.com
This clip from RTE’s Eco-Eye (broadcast in February 2015) focused on Energy Communities Tipperary Cooperative
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