Good Energies Alliance Ireland (GEAI) an anti-fracking and environmental group run by volunteers and based in Ballinaglera are seeking funding for two information community days in Drumshanbo and Ballinamore.
Aedin McLoughlin from the company outlined that GEAI want to organise the information days to consider renewable energy and energy efficiency, using the model of their previous successful event “Renewable Energies – Prosperous Communities” in Manorhamilton.
The days will combine presentations, workshops and discussions with the aims of raising awareness of the opportunities open to local communities to benefit economically from renewable energies, especially wind energy, promoting Community Energy Cooperatives and identifying local champions of renewable energy sources and uses.
Participants will discuss local ownership of renewable energies, whether they can generate long term sustainable income and the impact of energy efficiency measures on local residents.
GEAI will use their volunteers from the EVS volunteer scheme to organise the events, they will need to source a keynote speaker, local experts, facilitators and will need to promote and develop material for the events. It is also hoped to organise future meetings of ‘core groups’ in the two communities to take action following the community days.
GEAI believe the information days will create awareness of the issues around carbon emissions and social benefits of renewable energies. It is expected that they will learn of alternatives to fossil fuels and the potential of energy efficiency measures to cut energy costs and to increase disposable income in the community.
GEAI propose to empower communities to take their energy futures into their own hands.
The benefits to the community will be more renewable energy sources, job creation and lower carbon emissions and lower energy costs.
GEAI intends to roll out these information days in other areas after this project, increasing their impact and raising awareness nationally of the urgency of addressing climate change and our carbon emissions.