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Massive Green Energy scheme could make Down District an International leader

This is one of my more successful campaigns in recent tears, This renewable energy project led by our local community offers local economic growth and finds solutions for Global Warming  – see details below;

Community Renewable Energy Breakthrough

 

july 24 2013 Cadogan Helps farmers lobby banks

july 24 2013 bankslendingfarmers by CadoganEnright

Cllr Cadogan Enright and John McCallister MLA help local farmers lobby Belfast Banks for a rational approach to lending for farm projects – and especially renewable energy projects where incomes are backed by ROC’s

Meeting officials at BoI Head Office in Belfast, the economic case was well made, and BoI officials agreed to send a delegation to Down District to meet with farmers to discuss their projects

july 3 2013 jobs campaign taken to Stormont

july 3 a 2013 jobs stormont by CadoganEnright
As Chairperson of the campaign to bring Public Sector Jobs to Down District, Cadogan organises launch of Down’s ‘sales brochure’ with help of MLA’s John McCallister, Chris Hazzard and Finance Minister Simon Hamilton.
5,500 people commute daily to Belfast for work – overwhelmingly in the public sector – Downs Public Sector Campus would provide a far more sustainable location for these jobs – drastically reducing congestion in Belfast and locally and giving a boost to local businesses who would no longer see the spending power of the District commuting to Belfast..

CLEVER CLOUGH? Photovoltaic Panels Pay – but bureaucracy gets in the way

Frank Dick and Cllr Cadogan Enright in Clough last Friday

Frank Dick and Cllr Cadogan Enright in Clough last Friday

Councillor Cadogan Enright has welcomed the potential of new schemes promoting photo-voltaic energy in the home to dive down living costs and create a better standard of living for householders but has expressed concern that NIE and other big players in the power industry are using regulation to stifle the growth of small-scale renewable energy, and has accused the regulator Ofgem of failing to implement best practice commonly used in other jurisdictions.

Cllr Enright said, “Frank Dick has made the right economic choice for his home in Clough. He could have left £3000 in the bank or building society and got a 3% return per annum if he was lucky. By investing in PV panels to generate electricity he has transformed this return to 14% or more per annum.”

Clough resident Frank Dick said “The economics of investment in renewables is clear, but the regulations are miles away from where they should be. When my PV panels were first installed in August, I was able to see my meter spin backwards during the day, and forwards in the evening when we were consuming power, just like in other countries. In September NIE arrived and installed a new meter, now I am charged 15.31p per kilowatt that I consume, and NIE will pay me 5.41p for what I export – but they only pay it to me one year in arrears while I have to pay monthly by direct debit. This is really annoying and has hit the cash flow of this project that we  were not expecting”.

Cadogan Enright agreed and said, “Frank also has to apply for is government incentive of 17.41p annually in arrears as well. Ofgem as regulator has surrounded PV panels with totally unnecessary bureaucracy. Across the USA, Canada and Japan and in other developed countries, families can operate on a ‘net meter’ basis paying for, or being paid, for the difference between consumption and production at year end.”

Frank Dick has also invested in evacuated solar tubes, which produce hot water even in winter sunlight.  “Clearly with this technology there is no meter as the hot water goes directly to my tank. This is the way the electricity generated form my PV panels should work” said Frank..

“I have written to Ofgem to protest that Frank has to fill in two application forms annually and has had  to have 2 new meters installed. The PV panels could have been installed in a ‘net meter’ basis and forgotten about. Now we have teams of people in NIE and Ofgem processing forms and driving up the indirect cost of renewable energy in NI for no good reason. All this indirect cost needs to be removed, and direct grants for the hardware increased.” Concluded Cllr Enright

DUP COUNCILLORS SUPPORT LOCAL FARMERS

DUP Councillors Support local Farmers

DUP Councillors Support local Farmers

Following a meeting between Down District Farmers for Renewable Energy (DDFFRE) and Down District DUP Councilors, the on-going refusal of the new Down senior planner Barbara Elliot to meet local farmers and discuss the years-long backlog in planning applications appears to be crumbling. Since the meeting last week, Cllr Garth Craig has been able to confirm that Ms Elliot is at least prepared to meet with Down Councilors to discuss the issues, if not with the farmers themselves.

DDFFRE chair Alan Montgomery of Killough said that “following a meeting with Minister Attwood late last year, we are aware that the norm for planning decisions on renewable energy projects across NI is 4 to 6 months, but that the comparable figures here in Down District is 2 to 3 years. We were also informed by Minister Attwood that the N.I. approval rate is 83%, whereas an UFU Freedom of Information request in Down District exposed our rate of approval in 2010 as only 18% and most of these were for developers, not farmers. We have been seeking a meeting with the new head planner to explain this obvious discrepancy”.

Farmers John Carville and Ted Nixon of Drumsnade thanked Cllrs Billy Walker, William Dick and Garth Craig for meeting with them and local Independent Cllr Cadogan Enright for setting up the meeting with his DUP colleagues. He said “We are grateful to  Cllr Garth Craig for following up with the planning office and I understand that Cllr Billy Walker is also seeking a meeting with the DETI minister Arlene Foster to explore why Farmers are being prevented from diversifying into this new industry in Down District”.

Cllr Garth Craig thanked Cllr Enright for the invitation and said “I was shocked by the on-going refusal to meet with local farmers, and the wide disparity exposed by the UFU between farmers in Lecale and the rest of NI. This anomaly will hurt the local farming community and the DUP group in Down Council will address this serious planning issue and seek help with Minister Foster to address issues of grid connectivity for local farmers as well”.

Iain McMordie of Rossglass said “If we cannot get the Down District planning department to reflect normal policy locally, we will be calling for all renewable energy applications to be processed centrally in the regional headquarters of the planning service by properly qualified and trained personnel.”

Jan 20th 2013 PV panels

Cllr Cadogan Enright writes to regulator to say that regulation of PV panel installations is unnecessarily complex and adds bureaucratic and technical costs to renewable energy.

A ‘Net Metering’ policy would be far preferable to most consumers, and would be much simpler to administer

ANNUAL NEWSLETTER / REPORT TO CONSTITUENTS 2012 / 2013

I delivered my annual report to all 10,000 houses in the Lecale Downpatrick electoral area  towards the end of June 2013.

In line with previous practice, I have produced a newsletter for both the rural area of Lecale LECALE VERSION OF ANNUAL REPORT TO CONSTITUENTS 2012 / 2013 PUBLISHED JUNE 2013

and the Downpatrick area DOWNPATRICK VERSION OF ANNUAL REPORT TO CONSTITUENTS 2012/2013 PUBLISHED IN JUNE 2013

This is my seventh annual report. I am the only councillor in Down to do an annual report to my constituents.  Clearly these newsletters can only be a snapshot of my work as a councillor, but the newsletters point to this website that is updated weekly and monthly with my ongoing progress of my various campaigns and my representation of my constituents requirements.

I hope you find them useful.

Down Council wastes financial opportunity with renewable energy at Drumnakelly – 5th Dec 2012

Down Council wastes financial opportunity with renewable energy at Drumnakelly – 5th Dec 2012

LOCAL FARMERS PREPARE FOR VISIT TO MINISTER ATTWOOD

Meeting in Denvirs Hotel to found 'Down District Farmers For Renewable Energy"

Meeting in Denvirs Hotel to found 'Down District Farmers For Renewable Energy"

A large number of local farmers gathered for a meeting last Tuesday in Denvirs Hotel for the inaugural meeting of a new farmer’s organization.  Elliot Bell of the UFU and Cllr Cadogan Enright were invited guests to provide technical advice. ‘Down District Farmers for Renewable Energy’ was formed following several years of campaigning to be allowed to diversify their businesses into renewable energy in the face of considerable difficulties with the planning service and the electricity grid since 2007 and before.

The main business was the upcoming visit to Minster Attwood, facilitated by local MP Margaret Ritche.

Chairperson James Carson of Tyrella expressed gratitude for the ongoing support of Ms Ritchie to some of the farmers at the meeting, and for the historical opposition of herself and Eddy McGrady to nuclear power at Sellafield. Other local politicians from Sinn Fein and the UUP had also been supportive.

The meeting discussed problems encountered with many local renewable energy projects, and resolved to inform the Minister that the local planning office was “not fit for purpose”.

PRO Nial Montgomery from Killough pointed out that even where the planning guidelines indicated that a particular site was ideal for wind energy, poor management of the planning process turned a 3 month application into a 3+ year application for local farmers.

Pat Magee of Ballyhornan said “The government is now proposing to spend billions of pounds creating a massive wind development offshore from our farms at huge expense to the taxpayer. None of the revenues from the offshore development will stay in the local area. On-shore wind energy is not only much cheaper, but all revenues arising from on-farm turbines stay in the local area, helping to diversify local farming and keeping family farms intact for the future.”

Cllr Cadogan Enright led a workshop to assemble the issues in a manner suitable for presentation to the Minister. Cllr Enright observed that “Down District farmers are selling to big UK supermarkets. They have to demonstrate how their carbon footprint satisfies British climate change legislation in order to keep their existing markets for meat, milk and cereals. Not being able to generate green power damages employment.”

“The agri-food business in NI is the biggest employer in the province, and across Ireland as a whole. We have to be allowed to reduce our costs in line with our competitors, not just for on-farm employment, but for the many more jobs that exist downstream from the farm” concluded Nial Montgomery

Challenging Projected Coverage for RTE and TG4 in April 2012 – 6 months before digital switch-over

Following Digital UK writing to Down District Council last year us last year on the schedule for switch-over, I wrote back to them to them seeking reassurance that widespread concern around Down District that RTE1, RTE2 and TG4 would be available from day one as had previously been announced and as agreed under the Good Friday and Saint Andrews Agreement.

It was clear from the on-line maps they were supplying at the time that large areas of Down District including Downpatrick, Newcastle and Ballynahinch would be left out, I had been seeking improvements to this scenario. Map of Best Case Scenario April 2012 for RTE / TG4 coverage

Very large numbers of people in this district rely on these stations for sports coverage, Irish Language broadcasting and news across the Island of Ireland.

Denis Wolinski, Digital UK’s National Manager in Northern Ireland, wrote to me last October  saying “Beidh RTE agus TG4 ar fáil ar an gcóras nua.  Beidh a thuilleadh eolais faoi seo á fhógairt amach anseo.” (RTE and TG4 will be available on the new system, more information will be announced on this.)

However  significant gaps in coverage emerged (see link above to  map) during the digital switch-over which I  continued to query in a lengthy correspondence with Digital UK

Worryingly, digitaluk’s team here in N.I. have confirmed that only one of the two transmitters in the Belfast area will be carrying the Irish as well as the UK stations. Blackmountain will have both, but the Divis transmitter will only have UK services – most TV’s in Down District receive their signal from the Divis Transmitter.

I have challenged this arrangement both directly myself, and have had Down Council express concerns on behalf of all citizens in the District.

Digital have written to me saying “Our advice to consumers is based on information made available to us from the broadcasters. This indicates that the new Freeview service supplemented by Saorview signals from the Republic will make TG4, RTÉ One and RTÉ Two available to approximately 93 per cent of households in Northern Ireland. Our campaign reminds viewers that Freeview HD equipment will be needed to receive these channels via Freeview.”

 

I am campaigning to make sure we do not end up as part of the 7% who do not get the service.

Click here to see some of the correspondence to both Digital UK and to Saorview in the Republic