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About the Dingle Project 

At ESB Networks, we build and maintain Ireland's electricity network, connecting you to a clean electric future. In a unique initiative, ESB Networks teamed up with a west Kerry community in 2018 and launched the “Dingle Project”. This €5 million, three-year project was set up to better understand the impact of clean-energy technologies and associated customer behaviours on the local network. This will help inform the design and development of a smart, resilient, low-carbon, electricity network for the future. 

The Dingle Project deployed a range of low-carbon technologies including solar PVs, air-source heat pumps, residential batteries, electric vehicles and smart EV chargers across 35 homes and small businesses. Five local project ambassadors, 10 electric vehicle ambassadors and 20 solar PV champions have shared their experiences of using these technologies in their day-to-day lives, supporting the diffusion of low carbon transformation across the wider peninsula and beyond. 

As the project draws towards a conclusion, ESB Networks is launching the Dingle Project Webinar Series to share insights, observations and learnings to date.  It will also provide an opportunity to hear the experiences of some of the ambassadors working with us on this initiative, together with the thoughts of other experts across the energy sector.  Join us for these webinars by registering now. 

Check out agendas for days 1-4 below: 

Please note: Once you login to the Hopin Platform before each event, the link to join the webinars will become available once you have already registered. 

Webinar Day One: Tuesday 7th December 

Theme: Towards a low carbon society: Introduction and Objectives, Policy Drivers and State Support

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Time

Speaker 

Topic Overview

12:00 - 12:05Clare Duffy, ESB NetworksOpening Remarks

12:05 - 12:25

Fergal Egan, ESB Networks 

Dingle Electrification Project - Overview of the project objectives, main achievements and the collaborations throughout. 

12:25 - 12:45

Enda Gallagher, Department of the Environment, Climate & Communications

Climate Action Plan: Overview of the role that individual citizens can perform in leading and driving low carbon energy transformation within their communities and how the learnings from the Dingle Electrification Project may help influence future policy. 

12:45 - 13:05

Ruth Buggy, SEAI

Supporting individuals and businesses on their energy transformation: An Overview of the supports available to citizens, community groups and businesses to help transition to low carbon energy. 

13:05 - 13:30

All Speakers / Presenters

Q&A

Webinar Day Two: Wednesday 8th December 

Theme: EV Trial & Flexibility Trial: Insights, Observations, Learnings & Experiences

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Time

Speaker 

Topic Overview

12:00 - 12:20

Ciaran Geaney, ESB Networks

Smart EV Charging & Vehicle to Grid: Learnings and Insights from the Dingle Project EV Trial.

12:20 - 12:35

Electric Vehicle Ambassador

The Dingle Ambassadors - Real people, sharing real experiences of using low carbon technologies in their day to day lives.

12:35 - 13:10

Ciaran Geaney, ESB Networks 

The Dingle Flexibility Trial: An overview of the test-bed infrustructute, the main use-cases examined and learnings and insights emerging. 

13:10 - 13:30All Speakers / Presenters Q&A

Webinar Day Three: Thursday 9th December 

Theme: The Active Energy Citizen: Engaging and empowering individuals and communities to lead low carbon energy lives.

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Time

Speaker 

Topic Overview

12:00- 12:20

Claire Mc Elligott, ESB Networks

Engaging a rural community on energy transformation:  The role of the Community Engagement Manager and the effectiveness of local initiatives in driving change. 

12:20 - 12:40

Dingle Ambassadors interviewed by Claire McElligott

The Dingle Ambassadors - Real people, sharing real experiences of using low carbon technologies in their day to day lives.

12:40 - 13:00

Evan Boyle, Doctoral Researcher, MaREI

The Active Energy Citizen:  The learnings from social research into the effectiveness of ESB Networks Dingle Project in diffusing sustainability behaviours across a rural community.

13:00 - 13:30

All Speakers / Presenters

Q&A

Webinar Day Four: Friday 10th December 

Theme: Building a more resilient network for the future

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Time

Speaker 

Topic Overview

12:00- 12:20

Cheryl Carmody & Mary O’Mahony, ESB Networks

Improving the Reliability of the electricity network for all our customers:  Overview of innovation on the overhead electricity network in Dingle.

12:20 - 12:40

Fiona O'Donnell, ESB Networks 

Beyond ’21:  An introduction to ESB Networks National Network Local Connections Programme and the role of citizens at a local level.

12:40 - 13:00

Deirdre de Bhailís, Dingle Creativity and Innovation Hub

What’s next for Dingle:  An insight into Corca Dhuibhne 2030 –  proposed plans for energy transition across all sectors in the community.

13:00 - 13:30

All Speakers / Presenters

Q&A

13:30 - 13:45

Nicholas Tarrant, ESB Networks 

Closing Remarks 

If you are unable to access the third-party webinar platform ‘Hopin’ to register for the event or if you receive an error when registering which can occur from certain devices, we recommend using your phone to register. If this still produces an error please email esbnetworksmarketing@esb.ie and we can investigate the issue. 

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