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The County Clare Wood Energy Project is jointly managed by Clare Local Development Company
(Clare LEADER) and Teagasc.  The project is funded by the Forest Service of the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food (DAFF).

The County Clare Wood Energy Project (CCWEP) is a Forest Service funded project whose aim is to promote the installation of wood biomass boilers fuelled by wood chip from farm forests in the county. It is managed jointly by Clare Local Development Company (the LEADER group in County Clare) and Teagasc.

Since the project was launched in late 2005, CCWEP has worked with a number of companies and organisations in County Clare to identify suitable sites/buildings for the installation of medium sized wood biomass boilers and has provided on-going technical support and training for boiler procurement and installation. Significant work on the establishment of a local wood chip supply chain has also been undertaken.

Partners include local forest owners, the Irish Forestry Contractors Association, Forest Service of the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries & Food, Limerick Institute of Technology, the Limerick Clare Energy Agency, Sustainable Energy Ireland, Renewable Energy Skills, Shannon Development, Coillte and Finsa Forest Products.  

Clare Local Development Company
Doirin Graham, Chief Executive of RRD which operates the LEADER National Rural Development Programme, the Warmer Homes and the Rural Social Schemes in Co. Clare, Leas-Cathaoirleach of Clare County Development Board (www.cdb.ie), Chairperson of the Agriculture, Rural Economy and Natural Resources Implementation Group of the CDB and member of the Limerick Clare Energy Agency (www.lcea.ie) Steering Committee.  

Mary Ryan, Teagasc Forestry Specialist. Teagasc forestry adviser from 1996 to 2005, working in East Clare advising and training farmers on forest establishment and management. Private forestry sector Area Manager (1987-1996). M.Agr.Sc (Rural Environmental Conservation and Management) UCD (2003), H. Dip. (NUI) Public Management (2004), Graduate Diploma in Farm Financial Management, WIT (current). 
Contract Staff

Since the project began in 2005, Steve Luker  (left) (Wood Energy Co-ordinator) and Paddy Donovan(right) (Forestry Supply Co-ordinator), have been contracted on a part-time basis to deliver technical support and training services. They have worked very successfully with the Management Team, Steering Group and other stakeholders to deliver the project objectives. 

Their experience has proved to be invaluable to the CCWEP and has contributed significantly to its achievements to date.

Steering Group

The Steering Group comprises a strong and representative partnership structure which worked together very successfully to produce the Clare Farm Forestry Market Study in 2004, and since then has provided invaluable guidance and support to the CCWEP. Membership includes: The Forest Service, Clare LEADER, Teagasc, LIT, LCEA, forestry growers, private forest consultants, Clare County Council, Ennis Town Council, Shannon Development, SEI, Coillte and Finsa.



County Clare Wood Energy Project, Clare Local Development Company,Westgate Business Park, Kilrush Road, Ennis, County Clare.
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