We are feeling re-energised and excited as CKEA becomes 3CEA

CKEA becomes 3CEA

With 15 years of energy agency experience and an expanded geographical setting we felt it was time for a new look and new name. Carlow Kilkenny Energy Agency is to become 3CEA – Three Counties Energy Agency to reflect our ‘3 Counties’ footprint of Carlow, Kilkenny and Wexford.

Paddy Phelan, manager since 2012, explains

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The Irish Bioenergy Association National Conference 2018

Irbea_events_Bioenergy_Association_National_Conference_2018 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.

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Webinar – Supporting EPC market development

Supporting EPC market development through EPC Facilitation Services – Key outputs from the Streetlight-EPC project


The Streetlight-EPC project has created demand and supply for Energy Performance Contracting (EPC) in 9 regions by setting up regional EPC facilitation services and supporting projects towards implementation. The facilitation services provided comprehensive support to municipalities (including members of the Covenant of Mayors) and (potential) ESCOs. In the frame of Streetlight-EPC, 30 projects have already been implemented using a variety of EPC models and 10 more with other financing or operational models. In total, 20.4 million Euro have been invested so far.

This webinar will present the project approach, key lessons learnt and conclusions as well examples of implemented projects. A keynote presentation from the European Commission will shed some light on how the “Clean Energy for all Europeans” package may influence the development of the EPC market. Book your place here.

Data4Action: Capacity Building Workshop – 3rd June 2015

Capacity Building Workshop 03rd June 2015


 You are the Key to Local Energy Observatory

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Data4Action Presentation to AIEA National Meeting

On Thursday 02/07/2015 Jonathan Griffin & Paddy Phelan (CKEA) presented to The Association of Irish Energy Agencies (AIEA) on the Data4Action project. This is an IEE project which aims to foster collaboration models in energy data exchange between public authorities and energy data providers.



The presentation focused on bringing awareness of the Data4Action project and our local energy observatory http://energyhub.ie/ to the members of The Association of Irish Energy Agencies.

The Data4Action project promotes energy data exchange to improve decision making in relation to:

  • sustainable energy use;
  • reducing energy waste;
  • improving energy efficiencies;
  • and to make the local region a more attractive prospect to grow existing business and create inward investment from an energy view point.

Partner Collaboration

Partner collaboration is crucial to the success of the Observatory, it is key for the project to build an effective partnership with stakeholders to gather energy data for the Observatory.

The data4action project will aim to:

Provide a platform to enable stakeholders to SHARE Energy Data to improve sustainability!

  • Support knowledge transfer and replication in other European regions;
  • Holistic approach to sharing energy data between utilities and industry to improve public authorities’ access to energy data for a better design and monitoring of SEAPs;
  • Actively demonstrate energy data exchange collaboration models that are currently ‘in action’ in the twelve European partner regions;
  • Real time data available on the Regional Energy Observatory http://energyhub.ie/, which through the partners’ collaboration will be constantly evolving and improving the Observatory dashboard information for all;
  • Effectively mobilise public authorities and energy data providers in a win-win partnership.

Peter Keavney Chairperson AIEA stated “Data4Action could kick-start climate change energy data collection to hit 2020 targets. Bottom up data collection is key to this process”.

It was also highlighted that the Data4Action  project could be beneficial to all local regions.

Powerpoint Presentation: Data4Action-Presentation-PP.pptx (221 downloads)


Credit Union Community Energy Loans Scheme & BEC 2015 Workshop for Contractors and Suppliers

Carlow Kilkenny Energy Agency, 25/06/2015 – Venue: Hotel Kilkenny

25th June Workshop CELSCarlow Kilkenny Energy Agency in partnership with SEAI (Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland) and St Canice’s Credit Union Kilkenny hosted a conference on the Community Energy Loan Scheme. The conference was attended by many local building contractors to gain knowledge on the scheme from the guest speakers from CKEA, SEAI Ireland and the Credit Union. While Fintan O’Hora from Limerick Institute of Technology spoke about improving the quality of building work through a new pilot initiative “Qualibuild” designed to educate and inform all workers in the building sector.

  • The conference opened with an introduction from Paddy Phelan (CKEA) on the benefits that the scheme could bring to the local community by creating business and improving energy awareness and output. If credit union members need finance for their home to pass the energy test & want to be part of the Kilkenny Community Home Energy Scheme all they need to do is apply through St Canice’s CU.
    • Loan Rate is 6.4% (APR 6.6%)
    • SEAI grant value is 30% of the costs of the works
    • Grant administration is managed for you by CKEA (Carlow Kilkenny Energy Agency)
  • Richard O’Connor (St Canice’s CU) stated that the scheme is a pilot for Kilkenny – 80 houses approx. (but not limited to) and if it is successful that the scheme will be implemented countrywide. Energy saving 977,150 kWh (.08c sale price to energy market). €1 million to lend before 23rd Oct 2015; when it’s gone: it’s gone. The loan rate is (APR 6.6%) Interest Rate and 30% grant rebate (25% SEAI & 5% from the sale of energy credits). The Member’s Property must be built in or before 2006 and can be for home or a property that is rented out. The types of work that are covered include but not exclusive to:
    • Attic or Wall Insulation
    • New boiler
    • Heating Controls
    • Stove without a back boiler
    • New Windows
    • External Door Replacement
    • Solar Panels

Full list of work covered can be found http://www.seai.ie/EEOS/Energy-Saving-Credits-Table.pdf

  • Eddie Beer (SEAI) spoke about the role of SEAI within the Better Energy Finance programme. That they seek to develop options of financial solutions most appropriate for consumers wanting to upgrade their homes and avail of the resulting energy efficiency saving and organisations wanting to reap the rewards of increased energy efficiency in their business. CKEA/St. Canice’s pilot to be prototype, while contractors are expected to complete works to high quality assurance standards and that all contractors are to be approved SEAI registered.
  • Gary O’Connor (KSN Energy) highlighted the importance to ensure that all contractors carried out their work to the highest standards and followed the SEAI regulations to pass the Better Energy Homes Scheme – Inspection Process.

The objectives of the scheme are to:

  • Support homeowners in making intelligent choices to improve the energy performance of their home
  • Reduce energy use, costs and greenhouse gas emissions
  • Build market capacity and competence by driving contractor standards and quality
  • Stimulating market innovation

It was noted that many of the contractors attending the conference were unaware of the scheme and they found the presentations very insightful. Many were also positive that the conference would kick start the retrofits for homeowners through the favourable funding scheme.

  • The final speaker on the day was Fintan O’Hora from Limerick Institute of Technology Renewable Energy and Sustainable Building Research and Development. This pilot programme “Qualibuild” which aims to Upskill, Train and Improve the quality of building work throughout sites by improving energy awareness. The main areas to be targeted include
    • Mapping of existing workforce and existing qualification programs.
    • Identification of future needs for 2020
    • Analysis of which gaps and barriers must be overcome in order to train the workforce and reach the 2020 targets

The training pilot programme will comprehensively develop specialist training for each relevant craft. Develop specialist training for arising technician roles. Review, update and develop if needed new programmes for construction managers and site supervisors that will equip them with the necessary skills to manage the implementation of low energy buildings. Train the Trainers.

Fintan’s presentation was received favourably by the contractors and it was stated that such a programme would increase the quality of work throughout the industry and minimise low standards.



By Jonathan Griffin






Global Wind Day 2015 in Ireland

It’s that time again! Global Wind Day 2015 is taking place on Monday 15th June, with events taking place here in Ireland, across Europe and around the globe. Global Wind Day is coordinated by the European Wind Energy Association (EWEA) and the Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC) to raise awareness of wind energy and its potential.

Map of Ireland with participating counties

Last year was a great success with over 1,000 people, young and old visiting Irish wind farms. This year again will see wind farms across Ireland and Northern Ireland hosting an array of events to celebrate renewable wind energy.

The dates and activities vary, with some wind farms hosting public wind farm open-days and talks so that families can learn about wind energy and see turbines in operation, while others are hosting special events including community walks and runs, and some more still are inviting schools for fun, games and facts on wind.

Ballymartin Wind Farm, Co. Kilkenny.

Opening date & time: Thursday 18th June between 6pm and 8pm.
What’s happening: Opportunity for the community to visit the wind farm. Brookfield Renewables staff will be on hand to explain how the turbines work and how clean, renewable energy is generated. Children welcome.
Description: Community Open Day.
Organiser: Brookfield Renewable Ireland
Meeting place: Bus will be departing at 6.15pm from Mullinavat GAA Club Car Park and must be used for access as individual parking is unavailable.
Who’s the contact:  Please email Marie Moloney on marie.moloney@brookfield.com