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/
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”
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
See here for further info and full agenda:
Smar Farming & BBQ Event Programme
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”
28th June 2019 at 7:45am
Cian McCormack continues his ‘Ireland by electric car series’ and reaches Kilkenny in his family hatchback e-car to chat to 3CEA Manager Paddy Phelan about the energy challenge to reduce emissions by 2030. Morning Ireland (RTE)
27th June 2019 Cian’s Ireland by e-car journey begins in Wexford. Cian McCormack starts his Ireland by e-car series in Wexford and discusses nuclear power. Listen to “Part two of Cian McCormack’s travels around Ireland in an electric car” Morning Ireland (RTE) Continue reading “RTE reporter Cian McCormack continues his ‘Ireland by electric car series’ and reaches Kilkenny in his family hatchback e-car”
On Saturday the 22nd of June 2019, the SEAI welcomed sustainable energy advocates from all parts of the country to Athlone Institute of Technology for its fourth annual National Sustainable Energy Community Event. This event celebrated community involvement in SEAI’s Sustainable Energy Community (SEC) program.
There are over 300 SEC network members in Ireland at the moment, each community at varying stages of the journey to becoming more sustainable and taking control of their energy use.
3CEA Senior Energy Engineer Alex Hamilton was delighted to attend the SEC event and join the conversation as we are now facing an enormous challenge in relation to climate change. In fact, the new climate action plan outlines plans for 1500 SECs. Leading energy transition is dependent on the commitment & passion at community level. Watch this space. Continue reading “SEAI Celebrates 300 Sustainable Communities with 4th Annual National Sustainable Energy Community Event in Athlone”
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?
Continue reading “Ireland’s Climate Targets – Climate Action Plan launched”
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.
Continue reading “Find out how your company can move to using Electric Vehicles at this one day event!”