Mayor Caitríona Jones will launch the â€˜Connect with Energyâ€™ Week in the presence of Mr. Pat Rabbitte, TD Minister for Communications, Energy & Natural Resources on Monday 11th June at 10.30am in the Big Picture exhibition venue in Tallaght Town Centre, located beside the LUAS red line terminus
There will be many events during the week which are aimed at providing advice and support to homes and businesses on how to save energy and money as well as creating new job opportunities. The event is supported by the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI) and Intelligent Energy Europe (IEE).
The purpose of the Connect with Energy Initiative is to support and engage with South Dublin homeowners, businesses, schools and other stakeholders with the aim of reducing their energy costs, saving money and creating jobs. Events will take place throughout the week from Monday 11th to Friday 15th June 2012 in â€˜The Big Pictureâ€™ exhibition venue in Tallaght Town Centre, located beside the LUAS red line terminus. This initiative will comprise of an interactive energy centre in the Councilâ€™s â€˜Big Pictureâ€™ multimedia venue; suppliers of energy related goods and services in the County will be available to meet with business people, homeowners & individuals interested in learning more about how they can save money on energy consumption within their businesses, workplaces, homes and other premises.
To check out the timetable and register for events see http://bit.ly/ycM6qV
Further information is available from the South Dublin Energy Team firstname.lastname@example.org or 01 4149000 ext. 2389 or visit www.southdublinenergy.ie
The event has been organised as part of SDCCâ€™s commitment to acting as a focal point for energy efficiency and is also represented by current involvement in a range of energy projects and initiatives. The two major programmes currently being undertaken by SDCC are the EU Intelligent Energy Europe (IEE) funded Leadership for Energy Action and Planning (LEAP) project and the Sustainable Energy Community (SEC) Programme supported by the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI).
The (LEAP) project has a two year timescale and involves SDCC and eight other local authority partners across the EU. LEAP aims to increase the ability of EU local authorities to act as mentors in the promotion of sustainable energy measures in the local economy and so take a leading role in the move towards a low-carbon local economy. The key output of LEAP is the preparation of a countywide, cross sectoral Sustainable Energy Action Plan (SEAP), which will include a series of short, medium and long term actions addressing energy in South Dublin County to 2020 and beyond.
The â€˜Connect with Energyâ€™ event is a key milestone in that process. The event will also showcase SDCCâ€™s own track record in piloting and developing sustainable energy measures.
Following a competitive bid process, the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI) designated Tallaght as one of three new exemplar Sustainable Energy Communities (SEC) in Ireland. This programme, to operate for a five year period from the beginning of 2012, aims to develop a series of Irish communities as â€˜living laboratoriesâ€™ to establish a culture of energy innovation, by carrying out locally focused projects to increase energy efficiency and reduce energy costs.
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