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Potential for Wood Energy in Ireland Presentation to Joint Committee on Communications, Marine and Natural Resources. John J. Jackson, Chairman IFA Farm Forestry Section Wednesday June 22 nd 2005. Energy Crisis. Ireland currently imports 86% of total energy requirement

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John j jackson chairman ifa farm forestry section wednesday june 22 nd 2005

Potential for Wood Energy in IrelandPresentation to Joint Committee on Communications, Marine and Natural Resources

John J. Jackson,

Chairman IFA Farm Forestry Section

Wednesday June 22nd 2005


Energy crisis

Energy Crisis

  • Ireland currently imports 86% of total energy requirement

  • €7 billion per annum on imported fossil fuel

  • Oil prices over $59 per barrel (20/06/05)

  • Wood energy developed in Scandinavia, Denmark, Austria during oil crisis of 1970’s


Benefits of wood energy

Benefits of Wood Energy

  • Clean, green renewable resource – no extra cost to produce raw material

  • Mitigate climate change

  • Security of supply

  • Rural development/ job creation

  • New forest product – new farm income source


Benefits of wood energy1

Benefits of Wood Energy

  • Alternate markets for small diameter timber

  • Encourage better forest management / quality timber

  • Regional balance – private sector to produce 1 million m3 of timber by 2015


Wood as energy source

Wood as Energy Source

  • Small Scale (Domestic) – Firewood, Boilers, Stoves

    IFA promotion of Wood Gasifiers

  • Medium Scale (Public/Industrial) – Government Offices, Schools, Hotels, Offices

  • Large Scale (Electricity) - CHP, co-firing at existing power plants


Barriers

Barriers

  • Tradition

  • Know how

  • Policy (Aer VI – Offered price of 6.41c/kw/hr COFORD WESG estimate 9.5c/kw/hr)

  • Market Access (Bord na Mona)

  • Some financial support needed


Recommendations

Recommendations

  • Set clear targets for Wood Energy

  • Tax incentives/rebates for domestic installations

  • Capital grant scheme for medium scale installations 75kw-500kw

  • Capital grants for harvesting machinery

  • Co- firing (Edenderry Power Plant took 37% sawdust in trials with no modification = no cost)


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