SME Lighting Upgrade Fund

SME Lighting Upgrade Fund

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).

(056) 7790856 or admin@ckea.ie

 

iRoUTE Updated Agenda

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Tuesday 27thJune Event
10 am Registration

& coffee/ tea

11 am Welcome & Introduction
11.30 am NTA’S plans for development of public transport in rural areas in Ireland – Anne Graham, NTA
11.50 am The Role of Technology and Human Behaviour in Creating an Integrated Transport System – Tom Cullen, SIMI
12.10 Coffee/ Tea break
12.30 Workshop 1: Do passengers dream of electric vehicles? What role can new technology play in developing an integrated transport system for Rural & Urban Ireland

Workshop 2: Only losers take the bus?!? Can a national transport plan work without a change in public behaviour?

Workshop 3: Pilots ready for take-off! How to kick-start an Integrated Transport System for your area ?

1.30 Light lunch
2.30 New ICT base for the Belbus in Flanders – Odette Buntinx, Lijn
2.50 Implementation of new flexible transport solutions in the province of Gelderland, The Netherlands – Guy Hermans, Forseti
3.15 Workshop 1: The Lowdown from the Low Countries What elements of the projects in Flanders and Gelderland provide lessons for an integrated public transport system in Ireland?

Workshop 2: Bending not breaking Would Irish communities accept/embrace an integrated transport system?

Workshop 3: Public Challenges – Private Opportunities. What can the private sector contribute to a flexible transport system?

4.15 Panel Discussion/ Q&A   & coffee/ tea
8:00 BBQ, Music & Networking event – Paris Texas Bar & Restaurant

 

Wednesday 28thJune Event
Coffee/ tea
10.00
10.30 Welcome & Set context
11.00 Adapting the best elements of the Danish approach to combine several types of transportation  – Finn Kock Sørensen, Flex Danmark
11.20 Integrating Transport at the Community Level – Brendan Finn, European Transport & Telematics Systems Ltd (ETTS)
11.40 Coffee/ Tea break
12.00 Workshop 1: We’re all in this together – right? How can we address the diverse needs of different user groups (workers, disabled, youth, elderly, visitors, socialisers, etc) in the design of a system?

Workshop 2: What are we missing? What non-vehicle infrastructure needs to be developed to facilitate a truly integrated transport system?

Workshop 3: Giant Leaps- Baby Steps. What are the next steps that need to be taken to develop an integrated transport system for rural and urban Ireland

1.00 Wrap up/panel Discussion
2.00 Light lunch

 

 

 

 

iRoUTE agenda

Day and time Event
Tuesday 27th June Registration

& coffee/ tea

10 am
11 am Welcome & Introduction
11.30 am NTA’S plans for development of public transport in rural areas in Ireland – Anne Graham, NTA
11.50 am The Role of Technology and Human Behaviour in Creating an Integrated Transport System – Tom Cullen, SIMI
12.10 Coffee/ Tea break
12.30 Workshop 1: Do passengers dream of electric vehicles? What role can new technology play in developing an integrated transport system for Rural & Urban Ireland

Workshop 2: Only losers take the bus?!? Can a national transport plan work without a change in public behaviour?

Workshop 3: Pilots ready for take-off! How to kick-start an Integrated Transport System for your area ?

1.30 Light lunch

 

2.30 New ICT base for the Belbus in Flanders -Odette Buntinx, De Lijn Belgium
2.50 Implementation of new flexible transport solutions in the province of Gelderland, The Netherlands – Finn Kock Sørensen, FlexDanmark
3.15 Workshop 1: The Lowdown from the Low Countries. What elements of the projects in Flanders and Gelderland provide lessons for an integrated public transport system in Ireland?

Workshop 2: Bending not breaking. Would Irish communities accept/embrace an integrated transport system?

Workshop 3: Public Challenges – Private Opportunities. What can the private sector contribute to a flexible transport system?

4.15 Panel Discussion/ Q&A   & coffee/ tea
8:00 BBQ, Music & Networking event – Paris Texas Bar & Restaurant
Day and time Event
Wednesday 28th June Coffee/ tea
10.00
10.30 Welcome & Set context
11.00 Adapting the best elements of the Danish approach to combine several types of transportation – Integrating Transport at the Community Level –Guy Hermans, Forseti
11.20 Integrating Transport at the Community Level –

Brendan Finn, European Transport & Telematics Systems Ltd (ETTS)

11.40 Coffee/ Tea break
12.00 Workshop 1: We’re all in this together – right? How can we address the diverse needs of different user groups (workers, disabled, youth, elderly, visitors, socialisers, etc) in the design of a system?

Workshop 2: What are we missing? What non-vehicle infrastructure needs to be developed to facilitate a truly integrated transport system?

Workshop 3: Giant Leaps- Baby Steps. What are the next steps that need to be taken to develop an integrated transport system for rural and urban Ireland

1.00 Wrap up/panel Discussion
2.00 Light lunch

Wexford County Council sign Public Sector Partnership

Wexford County Council takes another step along the energy efficiency road.

Wexford County Council Seai Signing
L-R Standing: Paddy Phelan, CKEA, Alan Ryan, SEAI, Majella Kelleher, SEAI, Cllr Oliver Walsh, WCC, Jane Wickham, CKEA, John Carley, WCC. L-R Seated: Tom Enright, WCC, Jim Gannon, SEAI

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.

Read the full Press Release below

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Data 4 Action Final Conference

Data 4 Action Conference 2017

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 ».

Read more and register here.

BEC 2016 – a summary

BEC 2016

BEC 2016: CKEA’s role and projects

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.

CKEA welcomes Budget 2017 measures on Climate Change

CKEA welcomes Budget 2017

Minister Denis Naughten of the Department of Communication, Climate Change and Environment issued a budget statement this week which identifies the interconnection between climate action and energy efficiency. The full press release from the Department is available on their website or further down this post.  Carlow Kilkenny and Wexford Energy Agency Manager, Paddy Phelan, has welcomed the focus and supporting measures outlined by Minister Naughten:

“CKEA welcomes Budget 2017. It sets in train the budget allocation to deliver the much anticipated Renewable Heat Incentive programme promised since 2014. Will this be enough, if delivered, to ignite the massive challenge that lays in wait to achieve the Renewable Heat target for 2020?  Only time will tell. Ireland Inc is currently set to significantly miss the target, resulting in long term fines of circa €100m per % point below the 12% Renewable Heat Target. Current reports for 2015 suggest that Ireland is circa 7.6% below that 2020 target.

 The Energy Citizens role in sustainable community programmes is marked with an increase in SEAI programme funding for Better Energy Communities and the Warmer Homes Programme.

Paddy is also delighted to see the establishment of the National Dialogue on Climate Change and would be keen for CKEA to participate. Local Energy Agencies support climate change mitigation and adaption through the county based approach for Sustainable Energy and Climate Action Planning.

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Budget 2017 Statement by Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment Denis Naughten: Broadband, Energy Efficiency and Digital Economy focus areas for Budget 2017

11 October 2016

 

  • €100 million for energy efficiency projects €15 million for National Broadband Plan
  • Capital allocation to increase by €45m, , to more than €170m
  • Total 2017 Budget €529 million

 

The Minister for Communications, Climate Action & Environment, Denis Naughten T.D., today announced his Department’s Budget 2017 allocation. “Climate action, energy, broadband connectivity and the digital economy are amongst the most significant strategic sectors for Ireland’s economic, employment and social recovery, and Budget 2017 demonstrates committed and ongoing support for these key areas.”

 

Broadband Connectivity and the Digital Economy

Broadband connectivity remains a key social, economic and political priority.

The National Broadband Plan (NBP) will play an integral role in revitalizing businesses and communities across provincial towns in rural Ireland, and additional funding of€5m has been set aside to finalise the tender process in 2017 bringing the total allocation for the National Broadband Plan in 2017 to 15 million .

A further €8m will facilitate the reallocation of the 700mhz spectrum away from TV broadcasting to support broadband and mobile telephony plans in rural areas. In freeing up a very valuable spectrum band, this crucial investment will deliver better mobile data services (including 5G), particularly in rural areas.

€3 million will be spent on the Trading Online Voucher Scheme, which helps small businesses develop their trading online capacity, as well as offering training, mentoring and support.

 

Energy and Climate Action

Energy and climate action are inextricably linked, and the Minister has affirmed this Government’s determination to meet the Paris Agreement targets within the next 398 months.

To this end, €500,000 will be directed to the establishment of a National Dialogue on Climate Change, while an additional €24m – an increase of 35% on last year – will target expanded energy efficiency and renewable energy programmes across the country.

In 2017, at least €100m will be invested on energy projects, saving over 116,000 tonnes in carbon emissions every year, reducing overall dependence on imported fossil fuels, and supporting around 3,000 jobs.

The transition away from carbon-based fuels remains a long-term goal; €7 million has been allocated to a new Renewable Heat Incentive Scheme to help achieve this.

A further €2 million will be allocated to the Better Energy Homes Scheme to support individual householders in making energy efficiency improvements to their homes, while an additional €4 million will be allocated to the Better Energy Communities Scheme.

The Warmth and Wellbeing pilot scheme will also be expanded and its total allocation for 2017 will be increased to €8 million.

 

Environment Protection

An additional €2 million is being provided for the Environment Protection Agency to target illegal dumpers and €13 million for landfill remediation will be spent next year to clean up our landfill sites.

 

These measures are additional or enhanced commitments in the context of an overall budget in 2017 of €529 million.

 

ENDS

CKEA welcomes Budget 2017