Regional Needs Assessment. Mid West Regional Authority. Michael Bell

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Regional Needs Assessment. Mid West Regional Authority. Michael Bell

  1. 1. Regional Needs Assessment Mid West Regional Authority April 2013, Finland
  2. 2. Executive Summary • Sustainable Energy Policies are primarily driven by national policy in Ireland • Strategy for Renewable Energy 2012:2020. • “The development of renewable energy is central to overall energy policy in Ireland. Renewable energy reduces dependence on fossil fuels, improves security of supply, and reduces greenhouse gas emissions creating environmental benefits while delivering green jobs to the economy, thus contributing to national competitiveness and the jobs and growth agenda.”
  3. 3. National Policy Drivers • Irish Strategy for Renewable Energy 2012:2020 • National Renewable Energy Action Plan • Guidelines for Planning Authorities on Wind Energy Development (DEHLG) • National Energy Efficiency Plan 2009- 2020
  4. 4. National Policy Support Mechanisms REFIT Biofuels excise relief Biofuels obligation scheme Bioenergy establishment scheme Corporate Tax Relief ACA scheme Business expansion scheme Renewable energy RD&D Charles Parsons Research awards Electric vehicle grant scheme Public sector programme for energy efficiency Ocean energy fund Wind energy gate process Other supports
  5. 5. National Policy Initiatives
  6. 6. Regional Policy Review • Mid-West Regional Planning Guidelines, 2010- 2022 • Mid-West Regional Climate Strategy, 2008 • Bioenergy Strategy and Action Plan for the Mid- West Region 2009 • North Tipperary County Council • Clare County Council • Limerick City Council Council • Limerick County Council
  7. 7. Status of RES Implementation • National Status of RES % of gross consumption 2009 2010 2011 2020 Target RES‐E Electricity (normalised) 13.7 14.8 17.6 40% RES‐T Transport 1.8 2.4 2.6 10% RES‐H Thermal energy 4.3 4.4 4.8 12% % of renewables in consumption across the 3 sectors 5.0% 5.5% 6.4% 16%
  8. 8. Status of RES Implementation • Regional Status of RES 0 500 1000 1500 2000 2500 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 GWh GWh Production North Tipperary Electricity Renewables Natural Gas Petroleum Peat Coal
  9. 9. Status of RES Implementation • Local Authority Status of RES (North Tipperary) 10 12 14 16 18 20 22 24 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 Est MillionkWh All Energy Use Transport (kWh) Renewables (kWh) Heating Oil (kWh) LPG (kWh) Electricity kWh
  10. 10. Challenges • Economic constraints • Heating Sector • Transport Sector • Acces to national grid • Smart metering delay • Finance for community schemes • Supply infrastructure • Building regulations enforcement • Local authority structural reform
  11. 11. Contacts • Tipperary Energy Agency • Craft Granary • Church St • Cahir • Co. Tipperary • Ireland • Paula Gallagher • Energy Manager • T: 052 744 3090 • F: 052 744 3012 • E: info@tea.ie • W: www.tea.ie
  12. 12. Thank you.

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