Wood Fuel Association Conference UK – IRBEA CEO Presents on RHI

Ger Devlin was presenting at the Wood Heat Association Conference in the UK on the 21 & 22 November in Dorking. He will be talking about the Irish RHI schemes and the industry’s expectations going forward.

WHA are the UK trade association for the modern biomass heating industry. They bring together wood fuel suppliers, biomass boiler and stove installers and distributors, energy companies and developers.  See the agenda lineup here

Consultancy for System Operator to support Grid Development in Northern Ireland

SONI, the System Operator for Northern Ireland, is seeking to appoint a specialist consultancy to manage and provide Pre-Application Community Consultation services, to support its Grid Development team with a number of transmission project planning applications in Northern Ireland. This is in relation to The Planning (Development Management) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2015 which are in operation since 1st April 2015. Full details here 

Press Release – IrBEA Response To Energy White Paper Launch

The Irish Bioenergy Association welcomes the publication of the Energy White Paper by Minister Alex White

As a strategy it is an ambitious plan to achieve important targets for renewable energy.
The weakness in the plan is the ability to convert this ambition into action. For example, a renewable heat incentive was promised since May 2014, and at the earliest this will commence at end of 2016. This long roll-out has resulted in market stagnation.
The report accurately points out that Bioenergy has the potential to create 5000 jobs as well as reducing our carbon emissions, however these benefits can not be fully realised unless the proposed policy measures are promptly implemented.
The transition to sustainable energy sources is a massive undertaking. We are calling on the Minister to follow today’s launch by:

1. Bolstering his department with the necessary resources to undertake this challenge.
2. Fastracking proposed support schemes for renewable heat and electricity.
For further information contact
Michael Hegarty 087-0556630
IrBEA General Manager

European BioGas Association Press Release on Biogas for Grid

Biomethane is a mature technology that can significantly reduce Europe’s dependency on natural gas” was the main message of the 2nd Conference of the European Biogas Association in the Netherlands. DGs for Energy, Transport and Agriculture confirm that in the next decades there is no way to achieve renewable energy targets without biogas. Read more

Biogas Manifesto launch: Jobs, cheap heating/electricity and achieving renewables targets

Thousands of jobs, cheap heating/electricity, and achieving renewables targets – politicians hear how to create the conditions to achieve these goals at IrBEA-Cré ‘Biogas Manifesto’ launch Read more

Energy Efficiency Grants

Energy Efficiency Grants

In response to Minister for Energy Alex White’s announcement today 10 March “Major Increase in Grants to Householders for Energy Efficiency”

The Irish BioEnergy Association (IrBEA) notes the Minister has announced increases to energy efficiency grants for householders, effective immediately. IrBEA broadly welcomes this measure, but we do not support the decision to continue to grant aid oil and gas boilers while not grant aiding boilers that run on renewable biomass fuels. Read more

Renewable Heat Incentive

Grandfathering Announcement Urgently Needed For Renewable Heat Incentive

The Government plans to introduce a Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) in 2016 to stimulate change from fossil fuels to renewable sources for commercial and industrial heat production. An unintended consequence of that announcement last October (in draft Bioenergy Plan) is that the market has now ground to a complete halt due to the uncertainty created. Read more

Funding opportunities for researchers 

Two separate funding opportunities have been announced for Irish researchers to participate in European Research Area Network (ERA-NET) Cofund Calls (Closing date is 29 March 2016):

1.       Sustainable Animal Production Systems – SusAn

2.       Monitoring & Mitigation of Greenhouse gases from Agri- and Silvi-culture – ERA-GAS