A report from IRBEA’s field trip to Denmark

Donal Magner attended IrBEA’s Bioenergy field trip to Denmark last September, he has now written a interesting report on the tour, it contains a wealth of information on how the renewable industry operates in Denmark and makes suggestions on how we can replicate some of these models in Ireland. View here or download

Services in the assessment of models for community renewable energy schemes

110091 – – Services in the assessment of models for community renewable energy schemes

Publication date:  14-10-2016
Response deadline:  07-11-2016 12:00   Irish time
Procedure: 1. Open Procedure (NON OJEU)
Description: The Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI) was established as Ireland’s national energy authority. SEAI’s mission is to play a leading role in the transformation of Ireland to a society based on sustainable energy structures, technologies and practices. The purpose of this RFT is to appoint one services provider to undertake a comprehensive analysis of the viability and cost-effectiveness of introducing a community-focused support scheme for renewable energy, including the proposal of a range of possible models to encourage community participation in and ownership of renewable energy projects in Ireland. For more information, please refer to the RFT published on www.etenders.gov.ie
Buyer: Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland

For Tender: Economic Analysis to underpin a new Renewable Electricity Support Scheme in Ireland

109997 – 20161014 – Economic Analysis to underpin a new Renewable Electricity Support Scheme in Ireland
Publication date:  14-10-2016
Response deadline:  07-11-2016 12:00   Irish time
Procedure: 1. Open Procedure (NON OJEU)
Description: Economic Analysis to underpin a new Renewable Electricity Support Scheme in Ireland
Buyer: Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment

A Guide to District Heating Ireland

Following on from last week’s conference, please find below the link to A Guide to District Heating Ireland, which has been developed by Dublin’s energy agency Codema on behalf of the Irish Bioenergy Association and Tom Bruton of BioXL.  The guide aims to understand district heating and its benefits and presents learnings for the Irish context from case studies of existing systems and techno-economic analyses of planned systems to be carried out. The guide can be downloaded here Following on from the District heating conference that was held in Dublin on the 4th October, we have the presentations which can be viewed in pdf format here

Sustainable Energy Updates from Budget 2017 including observations on RHI development

As you know we have had the budget this week and statements from different government departments have been released, including Denis Naughten Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment (DCCAE). Everyone is attempting to make sense of what has been promised in terms of investment into Sustainable energy. Tom Bruton blogs on the background to the budget announcements of relevance to sustainable energy here, he is a principal consultant with BioXL, a specialist energy consultancy in Ireland. He has wide expertise in sustainable energy technology and policy, he was also President of IrBEA.

Study on Biomass Combustion Emissions – Draft Consultation 11- 25 October 2016

The Irish BioEnergy Association with the assistance of SEAI is pleased to issue the document: Study on Biomass Conbustion Emissions – Draft Consultation, the report has been completed by Fehilly Timoney Consultants. Throughout the previous four years Irish businesses have been calling for the introduction of a Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) to support the development of biomass heating in Ireland. The introduction of such a measure would assist Ireland in meeting its 2020 Renewable Energy Targets, reduce Irelands dependence on imported fossil fuels and reduce Irelands greenhouse gas emissions. However the question has been raised – Will the combustion of biomass result in other emissions to atmosphere that may be harmful to the environment or human health? This brief report seeks to open this question and to inform the reader as to the main aspects of the question. The report seeks to inform the reader about biomass combustion and the techniques used to mitigate and control emissions.

The Irish BioEnergy Association invites stakeholders, policy makers and members of the public to examine this report and share their views on the topic.

Responses received may contribute directly to the report or may form the basis of future studies into the matter at hand. Open for public consultation from 11th October 2016 to 25th October 2016

All responses to be issued via email to emissions@irbea.org

Responses to be received by 5pm on the 25th October 2016


Ireland generates 25% of its energy from renewables – SEAI reports

A quarter of all electricity used in Ireland was generated from renewable energy sources last year. That helped avoid three million tonnes of fossil-fuel related CO2 emissions, according to latest figures from the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI). It was the second largest source of electricity in 2015 behind gas and ahead of coal. More than 80% of green power came from wind turbines while the rest came from a range of technologies including hydropower, biomass, waste and landfill gas. Dr Eimear Cotter, SEAI Head of Low Carbon Technologies said: “Ireland is making significant progress in decarbonising our electricity system. “We know that renewables in electricity generation helps to lower CO2 emissions but we still have an electricity system that is heavily reliant on carbon emitting fossil fuels. With 2020 renewable electricity targets approaching, we need to intensify action to increase the contribution of all renewables in our electricity mix.” View SEAI media release

AEBIOM interviews Irish Partners

Des O’Toole, Business Development Manager for Coillte and IrBEA committee member was interviewed by the European Biomass Association, read what he would like to see happening in Ireland in terms of bioenergy development. here

Biomass Supply Tender: Supply of woodchip and wood pellets to Wexford County Council

Wexford County Council intends to set up a Framework for the supply of woodchip and wood pellets. Ongoing supplies for woodchip (Lot 1) and wood pellets (Lot 2) are required for heating and hot water services. Woodchip supplies are required at Wexford County Council HQ, Carricklawn, Wexford. Wood pellets are required for Wexford Library and Gorey Civic Offices. View tender Application date 05 October 2016

Renewable Heat Incentive

IrBEA Renewable Heat Incentive in Ireland Report

The Irish BioEnergy Association’s analysis and proposal for a renewable heat incentive (RHI) was made available in September 2015, an electronic version can be viewed here. The report (and recommendations) has incorporated a strong element of industry consultation and represents a coherent and robust appraisal with industry support. A draft of this final report was distributed to all IrBEA members for consultation in June 2015. A workshop was held in May 2015 where the findings were outlined to 50 IrBEA member organisations and individuals. Separate workshops were held with the IrBEA management committee and the IrBEA Renewable Heat Group. A series of meetings were convened also to engage directly with IrBEA stakeholders.

The report is a response to the ongoing RHI consultation process established by the Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources (DCENR) following publication of its draft Bioenergy Plan.