The Irish Bioenergy Association National Conference 2018 Bioenergy Future Ireland
21st February 2018, Croke Park Dublin
The IrBEA National Bioenergy Conference (Bioenergy Future Ireland) is an event driven by the need for sustainability, growth and development within the Irish Bioenergy industry. This sector of the Irish Green Bioeconomy merits a symposium which recognises leadership and operational excellence in Irish Bioenergy.
NEW OPPORTUNITY FOR SMEs TO AVAIL OF UP TO 40% FUNDING TOWARDS LIGHTING UPGRADE
This is an excellent opportunity for businesses (50 employees or less) to avail of funding towards lighting upgrades. An SEAI programme of support has been announced. Terms and conditions apply and can be found on the SEAI website. The application process requires a lighting audit and evaluation and we suggest that interested businesses contact us right now so that we can schedule a lighting expert to visit you (fee applies).
Please note, all works must be completed by 13th October 2017.
Do you live in a house that was built before 2006? Do you think you are spending more than you need on energy? Did you know that there are grants available towards energy efficiency upgrades? With a straight forward application process? And you can apply more than once? More information from SEAI website
Wexford County Council takes another step along the energy efficiency road.
We had a good day out of the office yesterday as Wexford County Council and SEAI signed a Public Sector Partnership in SEAI offices in Dublin 2. This further commits WCC to energy efficiency targets by 2020 and beyond and through the partnership they receive the support of SEAI’s Public Sector Programme team. Well done all involved and especially our board member, John Carley, Director of Services WCC and our own Jane Wickham, Energy Engineer, who has been working with John and the other members of the WCC Energy Team to reach this point. CKEA welcomes Cllr Oliver Walsh to the CKEA Board.
On 24, 25 and 26 January 2017 the European Energy Transition Conference will be held in Bordeaux. Nearly 3000 participants, from all over Europe – local elected representatives, technicians , businesses, associations, researchers and citizens, are awaited to debate and share their regional energy transition experience at workshops, forums and an « ideas lab ». As they do every year, the co-organisers of the event – Bordeaux Métropole, the Dunkirk Urban Community and ADEME have defined a leitmotif reflecting the current major issues. So the theme for the 2017 edition will be « Transitions: a field of possibilities for the regions ».
Carlow County Council co-ordinated a large and diverse partnership, project managed by Carlow Kilkenny Energy Agency. It included 7 sports clubs, 14 private companies (including 1 multinational), 4 local community groups, 1 school and 2 public buildings. The community facilities are mainly concentrated in the Carlow Kilkenny area while the private sector companies are also located in counties Cork, Kildare and Meath. All of the energy credits are going to the community groups and a number of other innovative finance models are being applied including EPRP funding streams.
Leetherm Project Management were the lead applicant in the next BEC 2016 project with CKEA as project co-ordinators, partnering with two private companies, Leetherm and Corca Communications. 12 transport companies entered into an ESCO (Energy Service Company) to reduce their fuel spend through driver training and the installation of a vehicle management system. The resultant energy credits will be donated to finance the community building upgrades. In addition to 55 North & East Housing Association homes in counties Meath and Louth, the community projects include O’Neill Centre Kilkenny, Macroom GAA, Macroom Senior Citizens, Mullinahone GAA, Cloneen Community Hall and Clonmel Golf Club, Carrick-on-Suir rugby club, Ballyhale and Graiguenamanagh national schools, community buildings in Kilkenny and Thomastown, six SOS Kilkenny buildings and Tiglin Challenge, Co Wicklow. The measures include insulation upgrades, lighting, window and door replacements, boiler and heating controls.
Galway County Council lead an application with CKEA providing project management. The projects are primarily located in Co Galway. They include two public sector buildings, seven community buildings, two sports & leisure facilities, four private sector businesses and eight private homeowners on the Aran Islands. One of the private sector projects is located in Tralee, Co Kerry and another in Knock, Co Mayo. Of the 20 partners, 15 are non-residential not-for-profit organisations and the private sector partners are donating the value of their energy credits to the community sector projects. The retrofit measures are primarily insulation, window and door replacements but also include lighting upgrades, boiler replacements, cooling upgrades, controls and one renewable measure. Galway Co Council are using an internal ESCO (Energy Service Company) to fund the two local authority projects which represent 17% of the overall project.