A large group turned out for the first of two EirGrid Energy Citizens Roadshows in Donegal this week.
EirGrid, the operator and developer of the national electricity grid, is hosting two events in the county this week to provide information about Donegal’s energy future, future-proofing the grid in the northwest and details about home energy efficiency upgrades and grants.
The first evening was in Letterkenny’s Clanree Hotel yesterday. The next event takes place tonight, Thursday, May 5 from 18:30 to 20:00 at the Abbey Hotel, Donegal Town. The Master of ceremonies for the events is well-known radio presenter, Keith Fletcher.
Speakers include regional coordinator of Sustainable Authority of Ireland (SEAI) for the northwest, Stevie Donnelly, Roger Sweetman, Head of Sustainable Enterprise, Western Development Commission and Ellen Diskin, Head of the National Network, Local Connections Programme with ESB.
Speaking about the events, Mary Clyde from Donegal Public Participation Network said, “This is a wonderful opportunity for communities across the county to get involved in the future of energy in Donegal and hear about microgeneration, opportunities for community ownership and home energy upgrades.”
Head of Public Engagement with EirGrid, Sinead Dooley said, “We are looking forward to engaging and informative panel discussions at each event. With SEAI supporting communities with a range of grants and energy upgrade solutions it will make for an interesting discussion about what can be achieved in the region going forward.
“We’re also very pleased to welcome panellists from the Western Development Commission and ESB. The Western Development Commission does incredible work supporting communities to grow, investing in businesses, and planning for the future of the western region,” concluded Dooley.
On both evenings there will be information stands showcasing the latest details on home energy efficiency upgrades, retrofitting grants and information about community micro-generation schemes.
To register for a roadshow, visit www.eirgrid.ie/shaping