A community consultation workshop will be held on the Renewable Energy Support Scheme (RESS) at the Shearwater Hotel, Ballinasloe on Saturday January 11 between 9.30am and 2pm.
There is a public consultation on the draft terms and conditions for the RESS, which is an auction-based scheme that invites renewable electricity projects to bid for capacity and receive a guaranteed price for the electricity they generate.
My department, the Department for Communications, Climate Action and the Environment, is co-funding the event which is being run in association with the Western Development Commission and the Tipperary Energy Agency.
The workshop will discuss the 4 Key Community Pillars proposed under the scheme:
COMMUNITY LED RENEWABLE ENERGY PROJECTS
•A separate community category in auctions
•An enabling framework for community energy projects with a range of supports
DEVELOPER LED RENEWABLE ENERGY PROJECTS
•A mandatory community benefit fund
•A mandatory community investment offering
Anyone interested in taking part in the workshop should click on the following link where more details can be found:
The current public consultation on RESS 1 will end on January 17. The Government is committed to the first RESS auction happening in June 2020.