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Ballyhoura Conference The Future of Rural Areas to 2031 Energy Presentation Response Responder: Liam Woulfe 12 th November 2010
The Challenge put to us at today’s Conference
From Energy prospective 2031:
What will the Market Landscape be like?
What will it mean for:
Particularly in the Ballyhoura area
Cathal’s Presentation was very thought provoking and could have good potential in my view if our national enablers were aligned.
As I see it without a clearly joined up roadmap the opportunities will be lost.
So in my view we need to set out a clear framework to facilitate the ideas of Cathal and other.
Landscape 2031 Energy Challenge Ireland
We have to deal with / take opportunity from:
Fossil Fuels availability/price
Peat availability in Ireland
Cost of Carbon
Little or no state Financial Resources to intervene over the next 10 years
The Imperative is to capture Ireland’s Competitive Advantage in Energy
The Possible Solutions
Continuous back up Fossil Fuel - Oil, Coal & Gas
Wind – onshore, offshore
Anaerobic Digestive (A D)
Create Competitive Advantage
Irish Unique National Resources
Obstacles to progress
Return on Investments
How to Capture Ireland’s Energy Competitive Advantage
Create a picture of the full potential of each source of energy
The creation of these pictures should be unhindered by National or Local political wishes or local sentiment.
How – To maximise Irish energy Competitive Advantage
Measure the cost/benefit of capturing each opportunity by section
List the obstacles to capture each possibility
Put in place the Enablers
Get agreement on the competitive advantages
Adopt National Energy Strategy From:
- Government to buy in and all National Strategic partners
Set up an “NRA” type structure
How might this work?
It must be charged with the facilitation and development of each of the target initiatives by sector
It should be the Superior Authority and thus be empowered to ensure that all obstacles e.g. planning, pricing, grid access and all vested interests are dealt with in an efficient and expedient way to ensure our market expansion highway is effective and not allow progress to be held up by very small minorities.
With an assured delivery “Highway” and an assurance of a return on investment of 10% + - Investment will follow
Ireland to become a major exporter of energy
Creation of a major “bank” of skills and service personnel
The creation of many jobs to services this sector.
What will it do for Ballyhoura area?
Tap Ballyhoura’s National Resources
Create potential energy feedstock for the major local industries as well as supporting the competence of the local primary Agricultural capability.
Once again pride will be restored to all communities by everybody playing a role in creating something out of the Natural Resources around them.
There will be a real investment / job opportunities to support the process and this ongoing servicing of same.