The renewable heat market has the potential to create considerable employment and to provide long-term stable markets for low value wood fuels which can compete with fossil fuels and so reduce or fix energy prices for end users. In the course of the RASLRES project it was found that there was considerable uncertainty in relation to the procurement of heat (rather than fuel) in Ireland through Energy Supply contracts (ESCO)
RASLRES Swedish partner, Norsjö Kommun, organized a conference in Sweden the 8th of October to promote local biomass and energy-efficient buildings. This was the final local event for RASLRES and the project therefore presented some of the work done and its outcomes.
RASLRES LOCAL AUTHORITY Workshop: Stimulating Bioenergy Development through County Policy and Action
The Western Development Commission (WDC) hosted a RASLRES workshop for Local Authorities on Stimulating Bioenergy Development through County Policy and Action on Tuesday 25th September in Claregalway. The aim of the workshop was to highlight RASLRES work with Local Authorities seeking to develop bioenergy in the Western Region.
In Ireland, the Minister for Communications Energy and Natural Resources, Pat Rabbitte T.D, has launched a “Strategy for Renewable Energy 2012-2020” and confirmed his determination that 2020 renewables targets will be met. In doing so he noted that meeting them will be “good for the environment and good for jobs”. Minister Rabbitte also underlined the imperative to develop the bioenergy sector to meet Ireland’s domestic renewables targets for electricity, heat and transport.
Norsjö Kommun, Swedish project partner in RASLRES, organized a two-day seminar end of April in Skellefteå with speakers from Finland, Austria, Scotland, Copenhagen and Sweden. This seminar was oriented to entrepreneurs, communities, municipalities and organisations working with renewable energy and the participants came from the four northern counties in Sweden and from Finland.