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&

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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/ 

Ireland’s Climate Targets – Climate Action Plan launched

The Government launched its Climate Action Plan yesterday by Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and Minster for Climate Action Richard Bruton at an event at Grangegorman in Dublin.

The plan contains 183 actions that the Government claims will help Ireland meet exacting 2030 EU climate emission targets, as well as a new commitment to make Ireland 100 per cent carbon neutral by 2050. It includes major policy shifts to enable a rapid decarbonisation of the State within 12 years, including targets for putting 1 million electric vehicles on Irish roads; retrofitting of 500,000 homes and achieving 70 per cent renewable energy in power generation. Is this something you would support?

Have a look at the actions to be taken so Ireland can achieve climate change targets: View or download the full plan here.

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Find out how your company can move to using Electric Vehicles at this one day event!

SEAI are holding their Electric Vehicles for Business Conference on the 25th of June at 09:30 – 15:30 in the Radisson Blue, Athlone.

About this Event

Is your organisation thinking about migrating to electric vehicles?
Do you want to reduce your business vehicle’s operational and service costs?
Are you ready to improve your businesses environmental performance?
Do you want to enhance your company’s clean brand image?
If so, come to SEAI’s Electric Vehicles for Business Conference.

This event, curated for businesses across public and private sectors, offers insights from Electric Vehicle (EV) experts on:

• vehicle conversion and charging,
• case studies from businesses who are making the transition to EV,
• information on SEAI supports for EVs in business,
• and an exhibition area where you can trial charging systems and test drive EVs.

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Grants Master List

Better Energy Communities (BEC) Programme

Funding Source: SEAI 

Eligibility:

  • Cross-sector projects for increasing the energy performance of buildings, community facilities and transport systems
  • Residential housing upgrades to stock built prior to 2006
  • Private sector non-residential building works
  • Commercial organizations
  • Voluntary organizations
  • Community-based organizations
  • Public sector non-residential works

Amount:

  • A maximum grant funding of up to €1,000,000 is available for any one project
  • The recommended minimum grant application value will be €30,000
  • Up to 50% funding to community facilities – community halls, resource centres, schools, sports clubs etc.
  • Up to 30% funding for private sector – SME’s, large commercial buildings, private nursing homes and hotels
  • Amount of funding received is dependent on the project’s BEC evaluation
  • Projects greater than €250,000 must be approved by the board of SEAI
  • Projects under €250,000 may be issued contracts subject to approval but prior to the announcement of the evaluation BEC results
  • Maximum funding levels for each component of project:

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Win a €250 One4All Voucher: take our survey! Urban Energy Demand Supplied by Rural Low Carbon Energy Supplies Survey – Transition to Biogas

We want to send a big thank you to everyone who participated in our survey.

And a special congratulations to Lara F. the winner of €250 One4All Voucher!

In case you missed the survey, but still want to participate, click here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/CJ7LL5T

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3CEA invite you to take a survey on Urban Energy Demand Supplied by Rural Low Carbon Energy Supplies.

This survey is targeted at large industry networks & large energy users.

3CEA are currently involved with Interreg North West Europe Renewable Energy Regions project in partnership with 9 other partners (7 NWE countries) including our local partners Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT) and Ormonde Upgrading Limited (OUL).]

Every fully completed survey will be in with a chance to win a €250 One4All Voucher. Continue reading “Win a €250 One4All Voucher: take our survey! Urban Energy Demand Supplied by Rural Low Carbon Energy Supplies Survey – Transition to Biogas”

Support Scheme for Renewable Heat (SSRH) phase 2 opened by Minister Richard Bruton

Applications open today Support Scheme for Renewable Heat (SSRH)

The second phase of the Support Scheme for Renewable Heat (SSRH), which will provide operational support for biomass boilers and anaerobic digestion heating systems has now opened.

This round of the Scheme will support businesses and farms for up to 15 years for the installation and on-going use of biomass and anaerobic digestion heating systems. The Scheme is designed to support up to 1,300 GWh of renewable heat per year (equivalent to the heating needs of circa 120,000 homes).

3cea welcome the recent announcement for the Support Scheme for Renewable Heat (SSRH). Reference: https://www.dccae.gov.ie/en-ie/news-and-media/press-releases/Pages/Minister-Bruton-Announces-Support-for-Renewable-Heat.aspx

Making the announcement Minister Bruton said: “If we are to cut greenhouse gases, we must replace fossil fuels by renewable sources. This scheme is designed to replace fossil fuel heating systems by heat pumps and by heat from biomass or anaerobic digestion. These are sustainable and renewable sources.” Continue reading “Support Scheme for Renewable Heat (SSRH) phase 2 opened by Minister Richard Bruton”

Community Engagement Survey – we would love to hear from you

3 Counties Energy Agency is currently preparing a new 5 year Strategy and would welcome your views on the things that we should do to help you, your community or your business to tackle the challenge of Climate Change.

We currently deliver:

  • Energy use audits for your home or business.
  • Project management services for energy-related projects.
  • Access to major EU and State energy-related funding.
  • Retrofit projects to improve public housing energy performance.
  • Technical expertise in upgrading public lighting installations and reducing energy consumption.
  • Innovative financing models to facilitate energy upgrades.

We would like to hear your feedback, take our survey here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/BRX9SVF 

Create your own user feedback survey

If you would like to send a written submission for our next Strategic Plan, or if you would like to talk to someone about our services, we can be contacted at:

3 Counties Energy Agency
Kilkenny Research and Innovation Centre
Burrell’s Hall
St Kieran’s College
Kilkenny
R95 TP64.
Telephone: +353 (0)56 7790856
Email: admin@3cea.ie

New Regional Enterprise Plan for the South-East – 3CEA supporting the counties of Carlow, Kilkenny and Wexford towards the low carbon economy

The South-East Regional Enterprise Plan builds on the success of the South-East Regional Action Plan for Jobs (2015–2017) to ensure that it remains effective and that it continues to deliver jobs across the South-East region and can be robust to address the challenges we face, including Brexit.

New Plan is one of nine Regional Enterprise Plans being launched by Minister Humphreys to drive enterprise growth in the regions.

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