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About Us

Our mission is to create solutions to divert surplus renewable energy - which would otherwise be wasted - to Irish homes, with a primary focus on those in fuel poverty.

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, we believe 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.

Chair

Gabriel D'Arcy
Gabriel D'Arcy

Chairperson, EnergyCloud

Gabriel, Adjunct Professor of Business at Dublin City University Business School, is Senior VP Stratagem Partners, a reputable provider of Strategy, Leadership and Governance training and consulting to the Irish, UK and European market. A Chartered Director, Gabriel serves as Chairperson of VRAI, Ireland’s leading Immersive Technology company while also serving on the Board of Eswaran Brothers, one of Sri Lankan’s largest Tea producers and exporters. Previous Board roles included at IOD, IPA and Bord Na Móna (Ireland) and Janus-Services B.V. (Den Haag).

Gabriel previously held the position of CEO, LacPatrick Diaries 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.

Board of Directors

Dr. Ciara Ahern
Dr. Ciara Ahern

Head of Building Engineering, Technological University Dublin

A chartered building services engineer, Ciara is Head of Building Engineering within the College of Engineering and Built Environment in Technological University Dublin. She is a funded investigator with SFI/MaREI, actively researching energy resilience within the built environment. With over 12 years’ industrial experience practicing as a consultant design engineer on residential and commercial building projects, Ciara has been using the Irish housing stock for case study analysis for over 10 years and is an expert in thermo-physical characteristics of the Irish housing stock.

Ciara is the Minister of Education and Skills nominee to the board of the Construction Industry Register Ireland (CIRI), established to develop and promote best practice in buildings and construction. She has led a European Research project in the area of heating systems optimization, is a member of Engineers Ireland, the American Society of Heating Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Engineers, the European Sustainable Energy Innovation Alliance and the European Energy Research Alliance.

Noel Cunniffe
Noel Cunniffe

Deputy CEO, Wind Energy Ireland

Noel is the Deputy CEO of Wind Energy Ireland and leads the association’s Policy department in setting policy positions across all aspects of the onshore and offshore renewable industry in Ireland.

Wind Energy Ireland is Ireland’s largest renewable energy association and works with a wide range of internal and external stakeholders to build understanding and awareness of the benefits of wind and renewable energy, and to ensure that Irish wind energy continues to provide clean, cost effective electricity to communities, businesses, factories and homes across Ireland.

Previously, Noel was the Renewable Integration Lead in the Operations, Planning and Innovation department at EirGrid. He also led the development of the EirGrid Tomorrow’s Energy Scenarios 2017 and worked in the Single Electricity Market Operator (SEMO).

Colm de Búrca
Colm de Búrca

Emerging Technology and R&D Manager, ESB Group

Colm was appointed Emerging Technology and R&D Manager in October 2018 and is responsible for leading ESB Group strategy for the adoption and commercialisation of emerging energy technologies to meet the evolving needs of customers and to grow new business in support of ESB Brighter Futures Strategy.

With over 25 years’ experience of the electricity industry, he held operational, regulatory, commercial and Senior Management roles across all aspects of the electricity industry including power generation, retail electricity supply, renewable energy, network engineering services, sustainability, health safety and wellbeing and innovation.

Stuart Hobbs
Stuart Hobbs

Head of Energy Services, SSE Airtricity

Stuart is Head of Energy Services at Airtricity. He has over 20 years senior management experience in the energy industry. SSE Airtricity Energy Services provides a range of energy efficiency upgrade works to domestic, commercial and public sector clients from entry level energy efficiency upgrades, to large scale energy efficiency retrofits of social housing stock.

Domestic energy efficiency upgrades range include heating upgrades, solar PV & solar thermal, external wall insulation and heat pumps. Project work for commercial and public sector clients, includes scope, design, procurement, contract and project management services. To date, SSE Airtricity Energy Services has delivered or fund supported over 40,000 energy efficiency works in Irish homes.

Cathal Lee
Cathal Lee

Associate Director, Instinctif Partners

Cathal is Associate Director with Instinctif Partners, the international business communications consultancy and specialists in reputation, influence and communications. As part of the Public Policy team, he is involved in providing strategic public affairs advice and corporate communications support to a broad range of clients.

With over 18 years’ experience in public affairs and corporate communications as a political adviser in the Houses of the Oireachtas (Parliament), he subsequently worked within public affairs for the Construction Industry Federation (CIF) where he developed a deep understanding of the delivery of complex infrastructure and development projects.

Cathal has a proven track record advising organisations and businesses across a broad range of sectors including energy, technology, professional services and public organisations. For over a decade, he has advised projects that have helped tens of thousands of families and households save money and reduce their energy consumption through the greater use of smart technology.

Siobhan O'Dwyer
Siobhan O'Dwyer

Global Head of Marketing & Public Affairs, Kingspan Group

Siobhan is Global Head of Marketing & Public Affairs for Kingspan Group. She joined Kingspan in 2015 and has held senior roles most recently Global Marketing Director for the Insulated Panels division. She has had a varied career spanning entrepreneurship and senior marketing management with sustainability as a constant theme.

Kingspan is a global leader in advanced insulation and building envelope solutions. The group’s mission is to accelerate a net zero emissions future built environment with the wellbeing of people and planet at heart. We do this through enabling high-performance buildings that can save more energy, carbon and water. We recognise the vital importance of achieving this while: enhancing the safety and wellbeing of people in buildings; enabling the circular economy; and always delivering more performance and value. We believe the answers lie in challenging building industry traditions with innovation in advanced materials and digital technologies. Our Planet Passionate 10-year sustainability programme underpins our strategy and how we do business every day.

Siobhan is involved in various community activities in the areas of heritage and sport.

Derek Roddy
Derek Roddy

Co-Founder & CEO, climote

Derek is co-founder and CEO of climote, a home energy management company.

A manufacturing and process engineer who represented Ireland in the World Skill Olympics, Derek developed a strong interest in the challenges of global warming. climote was established to provide technology solutions that manage energy consumption and allow users to transition from fossil fuel to zero carbon renewable energy. climote partners with ESB Networks, SSE, Scottish Power, and Power NI to deliver low-cost de-carbonization technologies to millions of homes.

Prior to climote, Derek was co-founder of Smarthomes, Ireland’s largest home technology company. A serial entrepreneur, he is passionate about social enterprise and building teams that can help make a real difference to people’s lives.

Jo Whittall
Jo Whittall

Director of Property Services, Clúid

Jo joined Clúid as Director of Property Services in 2017 and is responsible for Cluid’s property assets. Clúid is an award winning, not-for-profit charity providing over 7,900 affordable, high quality homes to people in housing need and has grown to become the largest approved housing body in Ireland.

With over 30 years’ experience, Jo has worked with both contractors and housing associations to deliver customer-focused repairs, compliance services, and asset management strategies. He has served as Chair of a school board of governors and of the co-authors’ board of the national schedule of rates in the UK. He is currently a member of the steering group of Direct Works, an organisation promoting best practice in the delivery of repair and maintenance services in the social housing sector.

Helen Lane
Helen Lane

Honorary Secretary to the Board

Helen is a marketing professional who has held senior positions in both global organisations and start‐ups in Europe and the US including Dell Technologies, Microsoft and IONA Technologies. Most recently she was Account Director for One1000, a B2B Tech Marketing Agency based in London, leading the Dell Technologies and Intel accounts.

Board Advisors

Eoin Kennedy
Eoin Kennedy

Head of Future Operations, EirGrid Group

Eoin is Head of Future Operations at Eirgrid where he is responsible for leading the programme to put in place what is required to operate the Ireland and Northern Ireland power system in 2030. He has worked for 13 years across a variety of roles with EirGrid Group, which is the electricity Transmission System Operator and Market Operator in Ireland and Northern Ireland. Prior to that, Eoin spent several years in academia.