Tipp Town Energy Master Plan Officially Launched Last Night

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Back row L- R Dan Fennell, ORS Consulting, Ita Horan Local Enterprise Office, Cathaoirleach Cllr Declan Burgess, Michael Begley Revitalisation Manager, Front Row L- R Gearoid Fitzgibbon SEAI community mentor, Ruth Buggy, Sustainable Energy Communities Programme Manager SEAI, Marie O’Donnell Community Climate Action Officer Tipperary County Council.

The Tipperary town Energy Master Plan was officially launched last night by Cathaoirleach Declan Burgess at the Tipperary Excel Centre as part of a broader Energy Fair. A crowd of over 40 heard presentations from a number of state agencies and businesses operating in the retrofit and renewable energy generation sector.

The event was organised by the Tipperary town Sustainable Energy Community(SEC) a partnership between the Tipperary town Revitalisation Task Force and Tipperary Tidy Towns Group with the aim of delivering a sustainable energy system. The detailed Energy Master Plan was compiled by ORS Consultants and will be made available on the Tipp Revitalisation website.

ORS calculated that the town energy spend annually is approximately €30M – Ruth Buggy from the Sustainable Energy Authority (SEAI) says a 10% energy reduction is easily achieved which would put €3M back into the local economy annually while a 30% energy reduction was also a highly achievable target. The retrofit and renewable energy sector could also drive job creation in the town and hinterlands according to Gearoid Fitzgibbon, a community Energy mentor with SEAI.

Business owners were also encouraged to avail of advice and financial supports available from both the SEAI and the Local Enterprise Office – especially those spending more than €10,000 per year on energy as they qualify for a €2,000 SEAI voucher to fund an energy audit.  Marie O’Donnell, Community Climate Action Officer with Tipperary County Council also delivered a presentation on the Climate Action Fund which will take Expressions of interest until Feb 27th  – interested groups must contact Ms O’Donnell at 0818 06 5000 or 087 7812475 to discuss their proposal prior to submitting their application.