June 15: Faughary windfarm opening

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Aedín McLoughlin, Irina and Santi at the Faughary windfarm

The GEAI team was invited to the official opening of the Faughary windfarm, near Manorhamilton (Co Leitrim). The team were shown the turbines inside and out, including the operations room in the middle of the turbine. “Everybody present was amazed at how quiet the turbines are on a beatiful but very windy day”, Aedín McLoughlin said.

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Wind Energy – GEAI Position Paper

By John Arnold

By John Arnold

Good Energies Alliance Ireland supports wind energy, but not as it has being implemented in Ireland up to now. The main conclusion is of our paper position paper is:

“The development of wind energy is an essential part of the decarbonisation of energy production in Ireland but such developments must have genuine benefits for and buy-in from the Irish people “

This publication is the result of months of research by our EVS volunteer Irina Tiugan. It analyses arguments and counter-arguments concerning Ireland’s planning process and extent of public consultation, the impact of intermittency on wind energy efficiency, and environmental concerns. It also describes case studies from Scotland, France and Germany and draws conclusions from them.

“With this Position Paper we want to contribute to a scientific-based debate around wind energy in Ireland, as well as to help in building a more sustainable and fair country”, Irina said.

Feel free to download and share our position paper. And come back to us with your feedback in our email, website or our social media!

 

Wind energy essential for Ireland’s future, but communities must benefit

By John Arnold

By John Arnold

We in GEAI have published our position paper on Wind Energy with some controversial conclusions. Our main position is that “The development of wind energy is an essential part of the development of low-carbon energy generation in Ireland but such development must have genuine benefits for and buy-in from the Irish people.”

Our EVS volunteer and researcher Irina Tiugan explains, “We fully support wind energy development, on-shore and off-shore, but not the approach that has been taken so far to such developments; communities must be at the core of the planning process. If communities are involved in wind energy projects, they have more chance of success. In Germany, France and Scotland, we have seen that the involvement of the community in the development process has led to general acceptance and a faster implementation of the project. In other words, if people genuinely benefit from local wind energy projects, opposition to them is far less.”

The potential of wind energy to contribute to creation of a low-carbon Ireland is huge. Ireland is the second windiest country in Europe after Scotland, and it has a great potential for wind power. At present, wind produces less than 20% of Irish electricity consumption while the country spends billions every year importing fossil fuels.

GEAI fully supports and encourages community ownership of wind energy projects and small neighbourhood wind energy projects.  “Many studies show that if people have buy-in they will accept wind energy development”, said Irina.

We encourage Government to move effectively towards a collaborative planning approach in the development of wind energy as a national resource owned by and benefiting the Irish people. “With this Position Paper we want to contribute to a scientific-based debate around wind energy in Ireland, as well as to help in building a  sustainable, low-carbon and fair country,” Irina concluded.

March 17: GEAI EVS volunteers hit the streets for Saint Patrick’s Parade!

Yesterday was a very special day for our EVS volunteers. Irina, Olga and Santi, took part in the Saint Patrick’s Parade in Dublin! The three of them played tambourin with Samboeire, the Sligo samba band, along with Buí Bolg from Wexford.

Dressed up as ducks, Irina, Olga and Santi, accompanied by GEAI volunteer Del, paraded through the Dublin City main streets and were cheered by thousands of people (including the President of Ireland, Michael D. Higgins and Dublin City Mayor, Christy Burke). “It was an amazing experience, a day that I’m not going to forget in my whole life”, Santi said after the parade.

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Irina, Santi and Olga

St Patrick's day 2015, Dublin, Ireland

Photo by Giuseppe Milo

Feb 17: GEAI at the TCD Green Week!

Aedín McLouhglin and EVS volunteer Santi at the TCD Green Week

Aedín McLoughlin and EVS volunteer Santi in action at the TCD Green Week.

The Good Energies team were present at the Trinity College Dublin Green Week! Our director Aedín McLoughlin and our EVS volunteers Irina, Olga and Santi come down from Leitrim to talk about what are we doing and to promote the Erasmus+ program among the students.

The GEAI stand in the Jobs Fair attracted many students concerned about fracking and willing to help to create a different world. Our volunteers also have the opportunity to talk about the experience in Ireland with young people looking for alternatives after University, and many Léargas booklets about the program were given out.

We don’t have the opportunity to explain our work to future graduates every day. Thanks to the TCD Environmental Society for the invitation!

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