June 24: Behind the scenes

The event “Renewable Energies – Prosperous Communities” wouldn’t have been possible without the effort of all the Good Energies Alliance volunteers. GEAI has no paid staff so all our work relies on the selfless work of people that comes from all over Europe. This behind-the-scences work allowed GEAI to make sure that the day went without problems. Here are some pictures of our volunteers:

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Del Thorogood, our sound technician, and Brendan O’Rourke, maker of the Manorhamilton scale model.

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Janice Raine-Conick and Olivia Mitchell at the registration table

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Meg and Cecilia were in charge of catering for all the attendees.

More pictures on Flickr.

Millions of euro spent on imported energy in Manorhamilton

Manorhamilton households spend more than €2 million every year on transport and other energy uses. This is the startling total determined through an Energy Audit carried out by GEAI and Love Leitrim volunteers. The study calculates that the 563 households in the town spend over €500,000 on electricity and over €600,000 on other fuels (oil, gas and solid fuels), an average of €2,200 per household. A total of €1 million is also spent on petrol and diesel, an average of €1,600 per car owner. “What this means is that over €1.5 million of Manorhamilton’s disposable income is spent on imported fossil fuels every year and therefore lost to the economy!” said GEAI Director, Aedín McLoughlin. “People don’t realise the very real potential of renewable energies to reduce imports, generate income and jobs for local communities and provide energy security for the future. The Manorhamilton community, having turned its back on fracking, is now looking at alternatives and is finding out that renewable energies, as well as lowering carbon emissions, can also benefit the health and economic growth of its town.” The survey is part of the “Renewable Energies – Prosperous Communities” event taking place on 24th June in the Bee Park Centre, Manorhamilton. It will be a day of presentations, workshops and discussions with many interesting speakers and topics of discussion. Pauline Gallacher from the Neilston Trust (Scotland) and Eamon Ryan, Green Party leader will be the main speakers, but this is not going to be the usual conference where local people simply listen to experts. The aim is that everyone attending will get a chance to speak and be heard.

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Registration for the event

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