Wood Energy Strategy for the Western Region
Name / Title
Western Development Commission – The Wood Energy Strategy for the Western Region
Case Study Region
West of Ireland
Roscommon, Mayo and Galway – rest of counties in Connacht.
Advice service; project; policy
Main activity / focus
The Western Development Commission established the Regional Wood Energy Advisory Group in 2006. Their central activity is to facilitate the acceleration of growth in wood energy by providing a coordinated and strategic framework for the development of the sector.
Target beneficiaries / market
Rural inhabitants; forestry planters; any individual investing in the biomass sector.
Current Funding source(s)
The Western Development Commission (WDC) and the Regional Wood Energy Advisory Group (RWEAG) in conjunction with EU funding.
The Western Development Commission (WDC) supported by the Regional Wood Energy Advisory Group (RWEAG) which includes: Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland; Teagasc; Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources; Clare Local Development; Irish Farmers Association; Galway City Council; Department of Agriculture; Sligo Institute of Technology; Donegal County Council; Udarás na Gaeltachta; Irish Bioenergy Association.
http://www.wdc.ie/ (The Western Development Commission)
In 2006, the Western Development Commission facilitated the acceleration of growth in wood energy by providing a coordinated and strategic framework for the development of the sector. They established The Regional Wood Energy Advisory Group which acts as a regional coordination mechanism to Western counties including Galway, Mayo and Roscommon. Research commissioned by the WDC, with the support of the Advisory Group, showed that the most appropriate opportunity for ‘developing the wood energy sector in the region is in the supply of wood chip from private-sector forestry to commercial and industrial heat users’ (hotels, hospitals, schools).
Ms. Bernadette Phelan