Click here to Downlaod Pre-trial studies. Examination of the existing transport in each of the special regions Árainn, Tenerife and Madeira

Seafuel Report into Hydrogen Applications on Árainn, Madeira and Tenerife

The SEAFUEL INTERREG research program  seeks to show that it is feasible and sustainable to power local transportation networks on islands using hydrogen produced using renewable energy. ECI and Comharchumann Fuinnimh Oiléain Árainn Teo produced this report on the pre-trial transport context of the three case study islands: Árainn, Co Galway, Madeira, Portugal, and Tenerife, Read more about Seafuel Report into Hydrogen Applications on Árainn, Madeira and Tenerife[…]

Mayo Climate Action Awareness Workshops

ECI is delighted to be delivering a series of workshops throughout Mayo in February and March 2020 on the theme of building Climate Action Awareness. The workshops are sponsored by South West Mayo Development Company Ltd. CARO (Climate Action Regional Office) Mayo County Council Moy Valley Resources IRD Mayo North East Development Company Ltd. And Read more about Mayo Climate Action Awareness Workshops[…]

ECI at 3rd Coordination meeting of the SEAFUEL project in Madeira

ECI  is participating with Fuinneamh (CFOAT) in the Seafuel Interreg research project assessing uses of Hydrogen in island communities as a transport fuel. Partners at the conference had the opportunity to discuss the progress of the project and attend the open-workshop “Hydrogen for transport” organized by AREAM. On March 14th – 15th representatives of SEAFUEL project’s partner organizations met Read more about ECI at 3rd Coordination meeting of the SEAFUEL project in Madeira[…]

Hydrogen production plans for Ireland’s Valentia Island

An example of a Irish small community seeking to produce hydrogen for their own use is Valentia island off the coast of County Kerry. Valentia Island SEC (which aims to establish an energy co-op in the coming months) have recently completed their ambitious SEC Energy Masterplan. The production of hydrogen is detailed as a key Read more about Hydrogen production plans for Ireland’s Valentia Island[…]

National Renewable Energy Co-operatives Conference

‘People Get Ready’ Thursday, 18 October 2018 from 09:30 to 16:00 Bridge House Hotel, Bridge Street, Tullamore, Co Offaly. The Landscape of the Renewable Energy Sector is set to radically change with the introduction of the new Renewable Electricity Support Scheme (RESS). While the details of how community sector involvement are not finalized in RESS, Read more about National Renewable Energy Co-operatives Conference[…]

GennComm Hydrogen Transport Research Project

Energy Co-operatives Ireland as Associate Partners to the GenComm 9.3 Million Euro Intereg funded Hydrogen research project attended the first Workshop on the 14/15th of December 2017 in Saarland, Germany.   The aim of the project is to develop three locations that each use different Renewable Energy source technologies ( Wind, Solar, Anaerobic Digestion ) for Read more about GennComm Hydrogen Transport Research Project[…]

Communities to be enabled to take a stake in new renewable energy projects including solar

Energy Co-operatives Ireland (ECI) is pleased to announce details of a clever concept in positive collaboration between organised local communities in Ireland, and energy suppliers.   Best described as a “progressive shared ownership equity model”, local groups will now have the option of taking equity in developer-led energy projects in their area.   According to Read more about Communities to be enabled to take a stake in new renewable energy projects including solar[…]

Community Power – We are our Renewable Future

Communities call on Government to support Community Owned Renewable Energy Monday, 7th December 2015. Imagine a community putting its hands up and deciding to build a wind farm.  Imagine all the schools in a town running on clean free solar electricity.  Imagine your heating is powered by biomass and waste from the local farms.  Imagine Read more about Community Power – We are our Renewable Future[…]

Community Energy Co-operatives Event

21st October 2015: 12 Newmarket, Dublin 8. As part of Convergence Festival, there will be a one-day seminar in Dublin on 21st October 2015 to discuss the benefits of community-owned renewable energy. The seminar will be addressed by Brendan Halligan, former chairperson of the SEAI, Dara ó Maoildhia of Comharchumann Fuinnimh Oileáin Árainn (Aran Islands Read more about Community Energy Co-operatives Event[…]

EVs on Aran Islands

Setting renewable energy example for the country

Minister Alex White, TD, praising the renewable energy co-op on the Aran Islands described how there is a case to be made that the Islands could serve as an example of how the country as a whole could benefit from the transition to low carbon economy. Visiting the Islands at the invitation of Energy Co-operatives Read more about Setting renewable energy example for the country[…]

New Tool to Help Develop Renewable Energy Projects

International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) Launches New Tool to Help Develop Renewable Energy Projects Project Navigator provides easy, systematic framework to create successful, bankable projects “This new tool makes it easier for project developers to initiate, develop, fund and complete renewable energy projects around the globe,” said IRENA Director-General Adnan Z. Amin. “It helps them overcome Read more about New Tool to Help Develop Renewable Energy Projects[…]

Co-op’s getting a good hearing

Energy Co-op Ireland’s work to get community initiatives put to the top of the agenda of the new energy policy consultation process continues.   As part of its work demonstrating the value of local energy co-operatives in achieving a successful national transition to a low carbon economy, ECI arranged a visit for Ken Spratt, Assistant Secretary for Read more about Co-op’s getting a good hearing[…]

Energy Cooperatives to increase activity in Ireland

There now seems to be a considerable shift in attitudes at the DCENR towards community involvement in the Renewable Energy (RE)  sector. This may be leading towards increased activity in the ground. Comharchumann Fuinneamh Oileáin Árainn moves ahead with €1.5m in investment in energy conservation and generation measures (through the SEAI’s BEC grants scheme – which according Read more about Energy Cooperatives to increase activity in Ireland[…]

Tipperary shows that Irish PV is coming out of the shadows

The installation of 800 PV panels on nine public buildings throughout in the County including  fire stations, libraries, civic offices and a leisure centre has raised the total PV output in the Republic by some 44%.   The conventional wisdom on RE’s in Ireland has been that there is an established hierarchy in technologies here: Wind is  king, Read more about Tipperary shows that Irish PV is coming out of the shadows[…]

Aran Co-op Renewable Energy Tours

Comharchumann Fuinneamh Oileáin Árainn now offers tours on the islands to demonstrate the progress they have made towards carbon neutrality by 2020.   The tours which, led by Co-op chairperson Dara Ó Maoildhia (right of picture) take in the extensive energy conservation measures that Fuinneamh has carried out on the three islands, to the tune of approximately Read more about Aran Co-op Renewable Energy Tours[…]

An extractive model dressed up in sustainability clothes

Export failure could offer new opportunities: time to dust off that program for government commitment to community ownership of renewable energy. The breakdown of negotiations between Ireland and the UK on a deal which would facilitate the export of wind energy through an inter-connector was widely predicted. The need for the UK to support the sale price Read more about An extractive model dressed up in sustainability clothes[…]

Eco-Eye: Get Involved and Community Sustainability

The Eco-Eye program which discussed community sustainable energy projects in Ireland is available on RTE playback, link here: Energy Co-ops and Comharchumann Fuinneamh Oileáin Árainn were both featured extensively. There was also discussion of the collaboration between Irish local newspaper groups and Eco-Eye on the ‘Get Involved‘ campaign. This campaign aims to encourage communities to Read more about Eco-Eye: Get Involved and Community Sustainability[…]

Airsynergy offer on new 5kW turbine

Airsynergy are running a special introductory offer on their AS5 5kW for sites they believe have the potential to be great case studies.  The details of the offer are relatively straightforward:  They will install their 5kW turbine, the AS5, on your site for €30,000 (plus VAT). This is an ‘all-in’ figure that includes installation costs. This represents a Read more about Airsynergy offer on new 5kW turbine[…]

RedT awarded £3.6m for energy storage installation in Scotland

ECI congratulates Irish Company RedT on its acquiring a £3.5m grant from the UK’s Dept of Energy (DECC) to develop a utility scale energy storage system on the Scottish Island of Gigha.   The Gigha project will involve the installation of  a 100kw/1.26MWh RedT vanadium redox battery (VRB) system which will enable the island’s community Read more about RedT awarded £3.6m for energy storage installation in Scotland[…]

Bord na Móna plans praised but could be greater community benefit

Announcement of first realistic plan to export 2GW of power from midlands wind energy to UK   The announcement today by Bord na Móna  in relation to wind export of 2GW of electricity directly to the U.K. grid demonstrates the common sense policy of utilizing  exhausted cutaway peatlandwhich are primarily located in uninhabited areas of Read more about Bord na Móna plans praised but could be greater community benefit[…]

Proof that wind power effective in reducing carbon emissions

While anti-wind critics have imagined scenarios to the contrary research from Spain proves that even with high penetration, wind power reduces overall carbon emissions.   The study from the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid  in Spain states ‘…the global balance of CO2 reduction is still significant…Renewable energy is capable of replacing fossil fuels and of reducing emissions dramatically.’ Read more about Proof that wind power effective in reducing carbon emissions[…]

Aran Co-op progresses with second stage of BEC

Fuinneamh, the Aran Islands Renewable energy co-op established in association with ECI, moves on with its second Better Energy Communities award amounting to in excess of €400,000 of spending on renewable and energy conservation measures. ECI’s Cormac Walsh was on Inis Mór this week with Duncan Stewart of the successful TV series Eco-Eye to witness Read more about Aran Co-op progresses with second stage of BEC[…]

EIB €100m loan for green energy projects

Loan could be directed at locally-based initiatives It is being reported by the EIB that Allied Irish Banks hopes to be able to avail of a 100 million-euro ($134 million) loan from Europe to finance renewable projects. According to the European Investment Bank, it  is appraising a loan to AIB aimed at providing loans to Read more about EIB €100m loan for green energy projects[…]

Pat Rabbitte opens Templederry Community Wind Farm

On Monday, Minister for Energy, Pat Rabbitte T.D., officially opened Ireland’s first community owned wind farm in Templederry, Co. Tipperary. Templederry Community Wind Farm counts students, farmers and a local priest amongst its owners. The group is now producing green electricity and selling it to the grid, producing approximately 15GWh per annum. This is enough Read more about Pat Rabbitte opens Templederry Community Wind Farm[…]

Another Name in the Race

ECI welcomes Ministers acknowledgement that there a number of games in town when it comes to large scale renewable energy projects in Ireland. Minister Pat Rabbitte’s address to the Midlands Wind Energy Opportunities Workshop in Tullamore laid down a number of positive benchmarks for infrastructure-scaled renewables projects in Ireland. He noted that work between the Read more about Another Name in the Race[…]

UK and Ireland’s Green Energy MoU: an opportunity for wider community benefits

The UK-Ireland International MoU is very welcome, but the Minister here must keep energy storage options open and remember that community ownership is the best way for Ireland to benefit economically and socially from renewable energy projects.   The Irish and British governments are to sign a memorandum of understanding today pledging to ” commit to Read more about UK and Ireland’s Green Energy MoU: an opportunity for wider community benefits[…]

Energy inflation Calculator

  Electricity costs are calculated according to some very complicated metrics. These include varying rates, VAT additions, MIC, Standing Charges etc. As a result, it can often be quite hard to compare the cost of electricity across providers and over time. Simply comparing the headline per unit charge does not give you the whole picture.   In Read more about Energy inflation Calculator[…]

Largest onshore wind farm in Europe goes into operation

Romanian Onshore Wind energy generation takes a massive leap forward with the opening of the largest onshore wind farm in Europe.   The 600 MW CEZ project has installed 240 2.5Mw GE turbines which has the effect of boosting Romania’s onshore wind generation by more than a factor of 40 (from 14MW to 614MW). By Read more about Largest onshore wind farm in Europe goes into operation[…]

PwC: Much greater rate of reduction in Co2 emissions needed

Price Waterhouse Coopers (PwC) predicts that unless policy makers adopt radical new measures to reduce the level of carbon emissions, the world faces a dangerous two degrees centigrade increase in our lifetimes. They even suggest that this estimate is on the conservative side, predicting a potential four to six degree global increase in temperatures if things stay Read more about PwC: Much greater rate of reduction in Co2 emissions needed[…]

Manifesto for a community energy revolution

Co-operatives UK  launches far-sighted set of proposals which ‘sets out a series of policy measures to increase community owned renewable energy and energy efficiency projects’ Their Manifesto for a community energy revolution available to download in PDF here  sets out three broad areas by which government can promote renewable energy uptake by focusing on community ownership. Read more about Manifesto for a community energy revolution[…]

Minister’s speech achieves clarity

Minister clarifies the future for energy conservation and renewable production sector.   While there were many good points made by the Minister the issue of supportive community involvement in renewable developments is still not really addressed. Pat Rabbitte’s speech to the LK Shields Energy Conference (Wednesday 10th October, Shelbourne Hotel, Dublin) provided much needed clarity to Read more about Minister’s speech achieves clarity[…]

No health scares here please

While there are genuine concerns for communities that host wind turbines, there is always a tendency for some who oppose a social or technological innovation to overstate their case – sometimes muddying the waters and sometimes straying into nonsense.   In an article on the New Scientist website (home to that other debunker of hogwash Read more about No health scares here please[…]

Midlands Coop Meeting October 10th Mullingar

Energy Co-ops Ireland’s plans to establish a large co-operative in the midlands are moving apace.   ECI hopes that their initiative will ensure that local people are kept fully involved in any renewable energy developments there, and are engaging with local cultural, sporting and political organizations seeking their input into the new co-operative. The meeting on October the Read more about Midlands Coop Meeting October 10th Mullingar[…]

Public Meeting Mullingar

Energy Co-op’s Ireland will be holding a public meeting in Mullingar on Wednesday 10th October. The meeting will discuss the various widely publicised plans of large multinational consortia to build over 10GW (10,000MW) of wind farm capacity in the Irish midlands for export to the UK grid by . At the meeting Energy Co-operatives Ireland will Read more about Public Meeting Mullingar[…]

Mainstream acquires expansion funding from multinational bank

Midland’s group calls for greater local stakeholder involvement   Mainstream Renewable Power has announced that it has secured a further €60 million to finance its projects in various international locations after securing an investment facility from Macquarie, an Australian based multi-national finance company,  recently involved in some controversy in Sydney.   Maquarie are said to be willing Read more about Mainstream acquires expansion funding from multinational bank[…]

Public Meeting in Baltinglass County Wicklow

Energy Co-ops Ireland will be holding a public meeting on Wednesday 19th September in Baltinglass, Co Wicklow to discuss the establishment of a community based renewable energy co-operative.  There will be information and presentations from local businesspeople as well as energy co-op’s advisers on the benefits of renewable energy co-operatives to local employment.   The meeting will Read more about Public Meeting in Baltinglass County Wicklow[…]

Large Renewable Energy Co-op for the Midlands proposed

In response to the growing interest in the Irish Midlands in schemes which seek to export renewable energy directly to the UK Electricity grid, Energy Co-operatives Ireland, is setting up a large community co-op in the area concerned.   Energy Co-operatives Ireland has established smaller scale renewables co-ops in Ireland but now aims at creating Read more about Large Renewable Energy Co-op for the Midlands proposed[…]

NI co-op share offer

Drumlin Wind Energy’s share offer gives those hoping to get involved in renewable energy projects an ideal opportunity to  get involved in ethical investments.   The Northern Irish  co-op has planning permission to build five 250 kw turbines in five separate location in the North East. Drumlin Wind Energy also has established  ROC payments and grid connection Read more about NI co-op share offer[…]

Energy Co-ops attending Local Expo in Glasnevin

We will be attending the local expo in Glasnevin Dublin which is organised as a means of bringing local communities and businesses together in a spirit of co-operation. We will be at the event to show how energy co-operatives can benefit urban as well as rural communities.   “Local Expo is about supporting your local area, supporting local Read more about Energy Co-ops attending Local Expo in Glasnevin[…]

Fuinneamh Árainn members interviewed on RTE Radio and TG4

Rónán MacGiolla Phárdaig was interviewed on RTE Radio’s Morning Ireland today explaining the Aran Island ‘ renewable energy research environment’ initiative which Fuinnneamh Árainn is promoting with Energy Co-ops Ireland.   The interview is available on the RTE player (August 14th in the archives) and also as a MP3  here Three members of the new Aran Islands Energy Co-operative, Fuinneamh Read more about Fuinneamh Árainn members interviewed on RTE Radio and TG4[…]

Aran Islands aim for total energy independence by 2022

Following the formal establishment of Comharchumann Fuinnimh Oileáin Árainn (Aran Islands Energy Cooperative) the Aran Islands in partnership with Energy Co-operatives Ireland is set to announce that it will be Ireland’s first living energy technology development centre (Irish Times coverage of the announcement). It will actively engage with technology developers to trial new innovations in Read more about Aran Islands aim for total energy independence by 2022[…]

UK Co-op’s Solar Farm Local Share Offer a Success

Westmill Solar Co-operative, established in March 2011, is intended to enable community ownership of its soon to be constructed 5MW solar park on the Oxfordshire/Wiltshire border. The Solar Farm opened a share offer from 23rd June last prioritising locals who wished to purchase shares in the scheme. After receiving more than 1600 share applications, Westmill Read more about UK Co-op’s Solar Farm Local Share Offer a Success[…]

New energy co-op launched on the Aran Islands

A public meeting in Cill Rónáin, Árainn,  has led to the establishment of  Fuinneamh Oileáin Árann Comharchumann  Teoranta. The Co-operatives aims and objectives represent a model for renewable energy co-operatives, recognising the importance of environmental sustainability, the potential for research opportunities and partnerships and significantly, the importance of the community identifying and benefiting from the highly Read more about New energy co-op launched on the Aran Islands[…]

Growing value of renewables to the electricity consumer

Recent reports have indicated that the rising price of Gas is set to increase energy bills for consumers in Ireland. This is not only because those homes who buy Gas directly face higher prices from their providers, but also through their impact household budgets in the form of higher electricity bills.   This will happen Read more about Growing value of renewables to the electricity consumer[…]

Twin track strategy for Ireland’s renewables sector?

Dutch Renewable Energy Group and economists call for indebted countries to grant land concessions to renewables investors. The proposals would see the granting of development access to land by the Irish, Portuguese and Greek governments in exchange for credits which can be used to pay off part of their national debts.   While the group does Read more about Twin track strategy for Ireland’s renewables sector?[…]

Time to take the two feet off the brakes

In his interview with Energy Co-operatives Ireland, Michael Hoey, of Country Crest, whose award winning commitment to sustainable energy in food production leads the way in the sector in North Dublin characterised his company’s success as a battle of perseverance against red tape and inertia. Country Crest employs over 200 people in its food growing, Read more about Time to take the two feet off the brakes[…]

Public Meeting Dublin

  Energy Co-ops Ireland will be holding a public meeting in the Belvedere Hotel, Thursday 19th April at 8pm.   We’ll be laying out our plans for a community-led, locally driven solution to Ireland’s jobs and energy needs.   For further information email us at info@energyco-ops.ie, or call 015483788 On the evening we will discuss: Spirit of Ireland Read more about Public Meeting Dublin[…]

Irish LED company makes $100million deal

Nualight an Irish Technology start-up company has “become a global company with in excess of 200 employees in just five years” according to its CEO Dr Liam Kelly who taught for many years in UCC. The company has just signed a $100 million deal with the US Hussmann Corporation which is a leading manufacturer of Read more about Irish LED company makes $100million deal[…]

Better Energy Workplaces Fund 2012

On Wednesday, the Energy Minister, Pat Rabbitte, launched a capital fund which will support sustainable energy investments in 2012 in the public, commercial, industrial and community sectors. This fund provides €7.5 million for projects that support an institution of businesses energy performance. According to the Minister, “Building on the success of previous schemes, this fund will ramp up Read more about Better Energy Workplaces Fund 2012[…]

Cork Co. Council backs wind turbines plans

Cork County Council has granted planning permission to four pharmaceutical companies to install five wind turbines in Ringaskiddy and one in Carrigaline. Together the Companies (who employ over 4000 people in Cork between them) hope to reduce their energy bills as a means of ensuring the competitiveness of their Irish operations. The project is seen Read more about Cork Co. Council backs wind turbines plans[…]

Renewable energy schemes get lottery support

Northern Irish community groups have benefited from UK Lottery grants and have installed energy saving and renewables technology to the benefit of their members.   Funding from the Republic’s National Lottery may well be available for similar projects. Online news service 4ni reports today that St Joseph’s GAC, Craigbane, Co Derry, is one of 62 groups Read more about Renewable energy schemes get lottery support[…]

Irish state role in interconnected energy market?

A more  integrated European energy market offers opportunities for an lucrative international market for Irish renewable energy, but will require State level infrastructural support, strong national energy producers and distributors and a vibrant SME energy innovation sector: all music to the ears of those involved in renewables production. There was a warm welcome for remarks made by Read more about Irish state role in interconnected energy market?[…]

Cornish Village Group in the black

An object lesson for Ireland: A community group established in the Cornish village of Ladock in the Autumn of 2010 has announced that it has already generated £20,000 in profits from its green energy initiatives. The group, Low Carbon Ladock installed a range of energy systems from solar panels and biomass boilers to ground and Read more about Cornish Village Group in the black[…]

Price drop makes solar best solution for developing world

It’s being reported that a drop in the price of solar panels in developing countries has led solar power generation to become the most efficient solution to those countries’ growing electricity demands.   A study published by Bloomberg New Energy Finance has shown that in India there was a 50 percent reduction in the cost of solar panels last Read more about Price drop makes solar best solution for developing world[…]

Co-operative Legislation not expected until Summer

The List of bills published by the government shows that the expected amendments to the Acts governing co-ops will now not be published until the middle of the year. Among the measures to be proposed are a relaxation of the fundraising restrictions for non-agricultural co-operatives. This would include renewable energy producer co-ops. Mr Bruton has stated that he wanted to ease the regulatory Read more about Co-operative Legislation not expected until Summer[…]

Worlds biggest off-shore wind farm opens in UK

Walney Offshore Windfarm is set to open officially with the capacity for its 102 completed turbines expected to be 367MW of electricity: enough to supply the energy needs of 320,000 homes (that’s 30,000 more households than there are in the Dublin City  Council area) The second and final phase of the project was inaugurated by Secretary of Read more about Worlds biggest off-shore wind farm opens in UK[…]