Community Led Energy Generation & Supply Conference, Limerick, August 2016

Tuesday 30th August 2016

Community energy is one of the key ways communities can start to take back control of their local economy, and their energy supply. Around the world, the idea that communities install, own, and enjoy some of the benefits of renewable energy is growing fast.

This is also what the Irish Government wants, according to Ireland’s Transition to a Low Carbon Energy Future 2015-2030, a White Paper that the Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources published earlier this year.

The transition could see the energy system change from one that is almost exclusively Government and utility led, to one where citizens and communities will increasingly be participants in renewable energy generation, distribution and energy efficiency.

The focus of this conference was to highlight national and international examples of community energy generation & supply projects and how local groups can develop similar energy initiatives and sustain local enterprises in the Limerick and Clare Region.