Energy and Rural Business Show preview: showcasing growing opportunities for on-farm renewables

Ireland has committed to producing at least 16% of its energy from renewable sources by 2020 and the next Common Agriculture Policy (CAP) is said to be fully aligned with the need to prioritise climate action. Farmers looking to benefit from green initiatives are being urged to attend Energy and Rural Business Show, taking place at Hub at Cillin Hill, Kilkenny on 23 and 24 October 2019.

This year the show is boosting its offering by including both Energy Now Expo and Rural Business Expo, so farmers can hear from experts on diversification and the growing opportunities and grants available for on-farm renewables. Continue reading “Energy and Rural Business Show preview: showcasing growing opportunities for on-farm renewables”

Agri biogas and AD focus for Energy and Rural Business Show 2019

Opportunity to reduce carbon emissions and boost farm incomes

Opportunities for farmers in Anaerobic Digestion (AD) and biogas will be outlined at the Energy and Rural Business show Ireland, in Kilkenny on 23 and 24 October. Expert speakers and businesses will showcase practical ways that farmers can make additional income and benefit the environment by supplying medium to large scale AD plants or commissioning their own facilities.

PJ McCarthy, chairman of the Renewable Gas Forum Ireland (RGFI) and Seán Finan CEO of the Irish Bioenergy Association (IrBEA), are among the speakers who will outline plans to deploy up to 25 medium to large scale biogas plants by 2030.

To register for the show, please click the link below:

https://energyandruralbusiness-ireland.eventreference.com/register.php?k=6c6bbffd83d65569548fe8daa4e5044febdb8322%3A95320b9438a875be53b26d438ca87229ba87b93b&

Continue reading “Agri biogas and AD focus for Energy and Rural Business Show 2019”

Common sense has prevailed on Deep Retrofit program – 3CEA

Press release 19th August 2019

Homeowners who applied for a deep retrofit grant to improve the energy efficiency of their properties will have their applications processed following the reversal of a decision to end the scheme.

The Kilkenny-based 3 Counties Energy Agency,  3CEA, said the decision to reverse the Deep Retrofit grants funding for 2019 is very welcome news for over 100 home and business owners across the south east and beyond who invested a minimum of €2,500 on expert help, energy rating and air tightness tests and submitting plans for an energy grants programme.

“Common sense has prevailed and hundreds of jobs across the retrofit industry threatened by last week’s announcement have been saved as a result, including in our own agency” according to 3CEA Senior Energy Engineer, Alexandra Hamilton. “We welcome the Minister’s commitment that applications processed before the July deadline will be processed. The proof of course will come when we see the grant Letters of Offers and get confirmation for all our partner homeowners that they will indeed be receiving the grants for their energy upgrades.

“It is also reassuring for everyone involved in this program that the deadline for the completion of approved works has been extended into 2020. The initial deadline in October 2019 was always ambitious considering the time it takes for evaluation and contract Letters to be issued by SEAI. We now look forward to the announcement of the new retrofitting model and would urge the Minister, his department and all the agencies involved to set about getting a new programme up and running without delay so we can meet public demand, support and grow the retrofit industry and help retrofit the targeted 500,000 homes as outlined in the Climate Action Plan.”

Read more here: http://3cea.ie/deep-retrofit-programme/ 

Training Course – Energy Basics – Athlone 18th September 2019

 SEAI Training Course – Energy Basics  – 18th September 2019

Radisson Blu Hotel, Athlone

This course is targeted at a non-technical audience who want to learn the basics around energy usage.

It will give a high-level introduction to energy topics. Commonly used terms and technologies will be explained in plain English. The course will not focus on design or technical issues, but rather will provide a fundamental understanding of energy and energy efficiency issues. The aim is to provide attendees with the knowledge and confidence to start looking at their energy use and identifying ways of improving it.

Topics include brief introductions to the following:

Introduction to Energy
Energy Units and Terminology
Outline of Ireland’s National Energy Consumption Patterns
Building fabric
Heat (e.g. boilers/heat pumps)
Lighting
Appliances/IT
Renewable Technologies

Agenda:

09:15 – Registration, Tea and Coffee
9:30 – Introduction and interactive presentation
11:00 – Tea/Coffee
12:30 – Q&A and discussion
13:00 – Close

 Please click below to sign up to Energy Link and register for the event:

To register visit energylink.seai.ie/event/view/306

Registration is from 9.15am with a 9.30am start.

For more information, please see attached brochure.

The same course will also be run in Cork on the 20th of November 2019 (venue TBC)

 

Energy and diversification event showcases how to maximise farm grant payments

Farmers wanting advice on the opportunities presented by newly launched Government funding through the Support Scheme for Renewable Heat (SSRH) and Targeted Agricultural Modernisation Schemes (TAMS) are invited to attend the Energy and Rural Business Show, taking place this October 23 and 24.

The Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI) which operates the renewable heat scheme and is the keynote sponsor for the show, will be on hand to explain how it works. Ray Langton, SEAI programme manager, explains that the scheme is open to agricultural, commercial, industrial, district heating, public sector and other non-domestic heat users.

“This scheme is designed to replace fossil fuel heating systems with renewable heating systems including heat pumps, biomass and anaerobic digestion. SSRH offers installation grants for heat pumps and ongoing operational support for biomass or biogas,” he says. Continue reading “Energy and diversification event showcases how to maximise farm grant payments”

Free Smart Farming Farm Talk BBQ Event

The Irish Farmers Association (IFA) free Farm Talk & BBQ event taking place on Wednesday 28th August from 1.45 – 5.30pm in Cuffesgrange, Co. Kilkenny. Opening talk by Minister Richard Bruton and Joe Healy, IFA President. 3cea are delighted to be involved and exhibit. Please confirm your attendance by contacting 014260343 or

See here for further info and full agenda:

Smar Farming & BBQ Event Programme

 

SEAI/IEA ESCO Survey

Introduction

Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI), in partnership with The International Energy Agency (IEA) are conducting a survey of the ESCO market in Ireland in order to establish an understanding of the scale and makeup of the market in the region. IEA tracks the size of the global Energy Service Company (ESCO) market through its annual Energy Efficiency Market Report.This survey aims to obtain information about the energy efficiency component of the ESCO market in Ireland including its current size, financing mechanisms, policy drivers and prospects.

The information collected through this survey will be published in the IEA’s Energy Efficiency report and on the IEA website. In addition, SEAI will use this information to design supports for the EPC market for public and private sector clients. Your views will be an essential contribution to our analysis and will also improve understanding about the status and drivers of the global ESCO market.
If quantitative data has not been recorded for any of the below questions in your region, please provide an estimate based on previous years or other information briefly explaining how the estimate was arrived at.

Note that for the purposes of this survey, ESCOs are considered as companies that provide energy performance contracts, i.e. energy saving or energy supply contracts with performance guarantees. ‘As a service’ type contracts are not considered energy performance contracts.

Please note that all information will be anonymised and is completely confidential between SEAI and your organisation. IEA will publish anonymised aggregated data on the Irish ESCO market at https://www.iea.org/topics/energyefficiency/escos/countryprofiles/.

Accurate information is extremely valuable for programme and policy development purposes, but if you would rather not share specific information please state ‘rather not share’ as a response.

Leading renewable energy show returns with dedicated farm diversification advice

Energy Now Expo Ireland is boosting its offering by including a Rural Business Expo, to showcase expert farm diversification advice. The pioneering event for farmers and landowners has announced that it’s rebranding as ‘Energy and Rural Business Show Ireland’.

Run in association with the Irish Farming Association (IFA) and Teagasc, and taking place at the The Hub at Cillin Hill, Kilkenny on 23 and 24 October 2019, Energy and Rural Business Show Ireland is the one stop shop for the latest opportunities in renewable energy and carbon management as well as practical farm diversification advice. Continue reading “Leading renewable energy show returns with dedicated farm diversification advice”