Fuel poverty impacts thousands of families every day across the island of Ireland, yet in 2019 according to the Government, 711 GWh of zero carbon energy from wind generation alone was dispatched down. There is an opportunity to use this energy in social housing homes and help reduce the impact of fuel poverty.
EnergyCloud is a not-for-profit company limited by guarantee and supported by EirGrid, ESB, Wind Energy Ireland, Climote, SSE Airtricity, Kingspan and Clúid Housing, seeks to use this energy to power social housing homes and reduce fuel poverty.
We are surrounded by vast natural resources on the island of Ireland and working together we can reduce our reliance on fossil fuels, while at the same time improving the lives of those who live in consistent fuel poverty across Ireland. As a country with a focus on sustainable energy production and that is committed to implementing Ireland’s Climate Action Plan, EnergyCloud has the opportunity to put Ireland into a leadership position in creating solutions for surplus energy rather than simply switching off wind turbines and solar panels.
In this week’s podcast our Editor Jack Mullen spoke to Gabriel D’Arcy who is the current chair of EnergyCloud. Gabriel previously held the position of CEO, LacPatrick Dairies up to its successful merger with Lakeland. Prior to this was a 7-year tenure as MD, Bord Na Móna PLC characterised by its transformation to becoming Ireland’s leading renewable energy developer. This followed a successful 19-year career in Kerry Group PLC culminating in his appointment as Business Director, Kerry Ingredients Europe, responsible for leading the Commercial and Innovation function for this pan-European business division of Kerry Group PLC.
The main talking points in this week’s podcast were that of sustainable energy, fuel poverty, the impacts of Covid-19 on the renewable sector, EnergyClouds collaboration with Cluid housing just to name a few.
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