Biogas Workshop: Biogas for Farming and Food producers; Thursday 21st May 2015, Springhill Court Hotel, Kilkenny

What is this about?

By anaerobically digesting food processing waste and/or animal slurries we can produce biogas, similar to natural gas that can be used for onsite energy – lowering energy costs, recycling valuable nutrients and lowering carbon emissions.  Detailed examples will be highlighted and a discussion about the main aspects of building anaerobic digestion plants will take place.  There is an entry fee of €50.

Who should attend?

Food Processors and larger farms who produce large amounts of food waste / slurry, and have large energy use on site.

Early Years Capital 2015 for Energy Efficiency Upgrades

Pobal, on behalf of the Department of Children & Youth Affairs (DCYA), would like to announce the Early Years Capital 2015 programme.  DCYA has secured €7 million for Early Years Capital Programme 2015 (EYC2015). EYC2015 is open to early years settings currently providing services under at least one of the three Department of Children & Youth Affairs National Government programmes, Community Childcare Subvention (CCS), Training Education Childcare (TEC) or Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCE).

 EYC2015 will provide small grants for 4 different strands. Community- based services can make applications against ONE only of Strands 1, 2 or 3 and additionally against Strand 4. NB – All funding must be fully spent and fully reported by 31st December 2015. Further information and application forms will be available on the PIP portal from 29th April 2015. The closing date for applications is the 28th May 2015.

Strand 1 – Relocation/Major Refurbishment of community-based early years services

Strand 2 – Essential Maintenance of community-based early years services

Strand 3 – Quality Improvement & Sustainability for community-based early years services.

Strand 4 – Quality Improvement ICT upgrade for private and community-based early years services.

 

Strand 3  Quality Improvement & Sustainability for community-based early years services.

Grants up to maximum €50,000 for medium-scale works to improve the Building Energy Rating (BER) of early years facilities.

What can be funded?

Projects that will have immediate or short term, medium/high impact on the energy rating of the building.  For example:

·         building insulation,

·         replacement of windows and doors,

·         draught stripping,

·         improving water and heating systems,

·         installation of thermostatic controls.

An allowance of up to €200 can be claimed as part of the total grant against the cost of the BER Advisory Report and should be included in the quotes template.

What will I need to make an application?

All  applications submitted under Strand 3 must be supported by a BER Advisory Report. A BER Advisory Report must be undertaken by a registered non-domestic BER assessor. A list of registered assessors can be found on the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI) website at www.seai.ie.

You will also need three quotes for all proposed works over €5,000 and one quote for all works of €5000 or less.

CKEA can carry out BER Advisory Report. Contact CKEA office on 056 7790856 for further information or send an email to jwickham@ckea.ie

Early Years Capital 2015 for Energy Efficiency Upgrades

Pobal, on behalf of the Department of Children & Youth Affairs (DCYA), would like to announce the Early Years Capital 2015 programme.  DCYA has secured €7 million for Early Years Capital Programme 2015 (EYC2015). EYC2015 is open to early years settings currently providing services under at least one of the three Department of Children & Youth Affairs National Government programmes, Community Childcare Subvention (CCS), Training Education Childcare (TEC) or Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCE).

 EYC2015 will provide small grants for 4 different strands. Community- based services can make applications against ONE only of Strands 1, 2 or 3 and additionally against Strand 4. NB – All funding must be fully spent and fully reported by 31st December 2015. Further information and application forms will be available on the PIP portal from 29th April 2015. The closing date for applications is the 28th May 2015. All queries about the programme should be sent to onlinesupport@pobal.ie.

Strand 1 – Relocation/Major Refurbishment of community-based early years services

Strand 2 – Essential Maintenance of community-based early years services

Strand 3 – Quality Improvement & Sustainability for community-based early years services.

Strand 4 – Quality Improvement ICT upgrade for private and community-based early years services.

 

Strand 3  Quality Improvement & Sustainability for community-based early years services.

Grants up to maximum €50,000 for medium-scale works to improve the Building Energy Rating (BER) of early years facilities.

What can be funded?

Projects that will have immediate or short term, medium/high impact on the energy rating of the building.  For example:

·         building insulation,

·         replacement of windows and doors,

·         draught stripping,

·         improving water and heating systems,

·         installation of thermostatic controls.

An allowance of up to €200 can be claimed as part of the total grant against the cost of the BER Advisory Report and should be included in the quotes template.

What will I need to make an application?

All  applications submitted under Strand 3 must be supported by a BER Advisory Report. A BER Advisory Report must be undertaken by a registered non-domestic BER assessor. A list of registered assessors can be found on the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI) website at www.seai.ie.

You will also need three quotes for all proposed works over €5,000 and one quote for all works of €5000 or less.

CKEA can carry out BER Advisory Report. Contact CKEA office on 056 7790856 for further information.

OFTEC Issues Safety Advice Following Stove Incidents in Wexford

Safety First3rd February 2015:   OFTEC, the organisation which represents the domestic oil and solid fuel heating and cooking industry in Ireland, today issued a safety warning to householders following an incident on Friday 23rd January 2015 involving a multi-fuel stove at Davidstown in Glynn, county Wexford.

Wexford fire fighters have reportedly been called to several fires involving multi-fuel stoves in recent weeks. A fire service spokesman said two were particularly serious and involved hot gases from the stoves’ flues going into the joists and setting fire to the roofs of two homes.

There has been major growth in the sales of stoves in Ireland in recent years, with as many as 40,000 estimated to be sold here annually.

OFTEC issued important advice for stove owners to prevent very dangerous incidents like those in Wexford happening again.

OFTEC Ireland Manager, David Blevings says: “While they have also fast become a trendy centre-piece in the homes of many families – it is critically important they are installed and maintained correctly. Like all fuel burning appliances, they should be installed by a registered technician and then serviced at least once a year.”

“If a flue is installed incorrectly this can lead to a fire starting in the attic or a carbon monoxide leak into the property with potentially deathly consequences. The guidelines relating to stove installation detailed in the Technical Guidance Document J must be followed.”

“The current regulations require all new and replacement heating installations to be commissioned and we are encouraging householders to use an OFTEC registered technician who specialises in solid fuel installs. Many of our technicians are now installing and servicing solid fuel appliances and for added peace of mind, carry a flue gas analyser that can check for carbon monoxide spillage”.

“Our advice on stoves is simple, use a competent person for your solid fuel installation work to ensure it is carried out professionally and correctly to current Building regulation standards”, added David.

In addition to protecting your family and home, OFTEC advises that the annual servicing of appliances will also improve their efficiency, offering potential cost savings on energy bills and can also extend the life of the appliance by avoiding costly repairs or replacements.

For your nearest OFTEC technician log on to http://www.ofteconline.com/locatecompany.asp

 

About

 OFTEC IrelandOFTEC is the Oil Firing Technical Association and represents the domestic oil heating and cooking industry in the UK and Republic of Ireland. OFTEC’s runs a not-for-profit trade association for the manufacturers of oil fired equipment and a licensed, competent persons scheme for the technicians who install, commission and service oil-fired equipment.

OFTEChas over 10,000 registered businesses and technicians throughout Ireland and the UK who are qualified and insured to work in your home. A list of OFTEC registered technicians can be found at www.oftec.org.

Public Lighting Projects – Where are we Now, and What’s Possible

Public Lighting Projects – Where are we Now, and What’s Possible

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JFL Road (N80) Portlaoise – Profile Lighting & Power

      • Date: 26th March
      • Time: 10.15am – 12.30pm
      • Room: Merrion Room

SEAI are hosting a 2 hour briefing on public lighting projects at the Energy Show, 26th March 2015, RDS.
SEAI are excited to bring over representatives from the City of Venlo, Netherlands, who are retrofitting 16,000 public lights, saving 60% (10,000 retrofitted to date).

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The European Energy Efficiency Fund recently awarded Limerick Clare Education and Training Board approx. 335k for energy audits on their 50 schools. They also preapproved the LCETB for up to potentially €16m in finance for projects arising from the audits. The EEF financed the City of Venlo public lighting project. The Irish Energy Efficiency Fund manager, SDCL, will also speak (TBC).

Peter Keavney of Galway City Council is undertaking a comprehensive inventory of the city’s public lighting stock. He will talk about his findings (and immediate savings made) to date, and if completed, identified technical and financial opportunities for retrofit.

Finally, SEAI will overview all the different national issues regarding public lighting, and results of a survey of public lighting personnel as to their project plans and needs for 2015. The DCENR will give an update of relevant national policy drivers.

This event will be open to both public and private sectors. To register for this 2 hour briefing session at the Energy Show, 26th March 2015, RDS, please go to:

 SEAI’s Public lighting projects – where are we now and what’s possible

REGISTER

Please, as usual, book only if you are confirming attendance, not your hope to attend!

Agenda

10:00 Energy Show opens and registration

10:10 Session introduction
10:15 Energy Policy Context
Rebecca Minch, Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources
10:25 Overview of public lighting opportunities, progress on overcoming barriers, and project supports
Alan Ryan, Public Sector Programme Manager, SEAI
10:45 Galway City Council public lighting retrofit project update
Peter Keavney, City of Galway Energy Agency, Galway City Council
11:05 Q&A

11:15 The Irish National Energy Efficiency Fund and public lighting
David Hourihane, Managing Director, SDCL (TBC)
11:30 The European Energy Efficiency Fund
Zarpana Signor, European Energy Efficiency Fund (Vice President Deutsche Bank AG) www.eeef.eu
11:50 Case study – Large scale, financed retrofit of public lighting in the city of Venlo, Netherlands
Ralf Pakbier, Coordinator for public facilities, City of Venlo, Netherlands

12:15 Q&A
12:30 Close

First Steps to Development of Regional Data – Data4Action

Carlow Kilkenny Energy Agency have taken the first steps to developing Regional Data as part of the Data4Action partnership, more specifically for the counties of Carlow and Kilkenny.

The aim was to gain specific information relative to local communities to assist in the promotion of sustainable energy practices and create more tangible Sustainable Energy Action Plans.

Using the National Energy Balance Data (form 1990-2013), sourced from the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI), the regional Energy Balance was developed for the counties of Carlow and Kilkenny.

The data is presented at a national level in the units of kToe, kilo Tonnes of Oil equivalent. In order to make it more universally accessible, the data was then converted to Gigawatt Hour (GWh), in complement to the Data4Action process.

With the SEAI Energy Balance information converted to GWh a regional factor was applied to the national data to account for the population within Carlow and Kilkenny. The population factor was generated through the use of Census population data sourced through the Central Statistics Office (CSO). Using both the national and regional populations a ratio was developed allowing for the energy baseline to be factored to a regional level.

The images below show some draft results. This initial process, while still in draft phase, has offered some insight for focus in the development of future Sustainable Energy Action Plans.

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Kilkenny Regional Roundtable for Data4Action 2014

Rountable1 The initial Regional Roundtable was held on 28th August 2014, in Kilkenny. The morning opened with an introduction to Data4Action. The EU Project structure was new to most people present at the event. An introduction was given on the partners and the roles that each will play in the project for it’s duration. The main aim of the morning to introduce the concept of a Regional Energy Observatories and the important role that this will play going forward in the development of Sustainable Energy Action Plans. Most attendees were in some way, directly and indirectly linked to data. Some of the attendees included software developers, college representatives, local authority representatives, utilities and measurement and verification professionals.

A brief outline was provided to the attendees as to existing data that is available at National Level. Interesting discussions were held throughout.

Some of the key items that were raised in the creation of a Regional Energy Observatory were:

  • IT Requirements
  • Definition of boundaries, for example, addressing pass through transportation
  • User Data – would this be an input or output
  • Feasibility and Benefit of the Data

It was identified that Regional Energy Observatory would need to be future proofed to ensure the longevity of the product.

It was noted that drivers needed to be created to ensure that data flow was always present and thriving.

The question of needs of the attendees was also raised, in respect of a Regional Energy Observatory. The following were some of the needs notes:

  • Use of the REO to identify opportunities for business development
  • Identification of Relationships between different sectors and cycles
  • The potential of the REO to drive other actions outside of Energy
  • General promotion of value of data
  • Financial Drivers / Business intelligence Trials.

We will be hosting further Regional Roundtables in the near future so if you wish to attend please contact Elizabeth Cosgrave at ecosgrave@ckea.ie

 

SEAI Energy Show – RDS Dublin on March 25th and 26th 2015

SEA Energy Show 2015

Visit the Energy Show 2015

RDS Dublin, March 25th and 26th

Get up to speed with the latest energy saving technologies at SEAI’s Energy Show

The Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland’s (SEAI) Energy Show 2015 takes place at the RDS, Dublin on Wednesday 25th and Thursday 26th of March. This annual two-day business event, which last year saw 160 companies exhibit their sustainable energy products and services, is the premier energy trade exhibition in Ireland and a must for those interested in energy management and innovations in energy efficient practices.

Visitors to the 2015 Energy Show can learn how to maximise energy savings for their business with solutions ranging from building energy management systems for large premises, to time and temperature controls for SMEs, heat recovery systems, high efficiency boilers and lots in-between. In addition to the exhibition, the Show will feature best practice retrofit demonstration areas, networking opportunities with international markets, an electric vehicle pavilion with free test drives for visitors and a wide range of workshops, seminars and briefing events.

This year a new SEAI Energy Theatre will be located in the Main Hall with free talks updating attendees on the latest policy and market developments in energy efficiency and renewable energy.   Topics will include briefings on the latest energy statistics for Ireland and their implications for business, energy management standards, how to maximise tax incentives like the Accelerated Capital Allowances, BER workshops, electric vehicles for fleet users and best practice in energy efficiency. This packed agenda is free to all visitors and sessions will be available for pre-booking on www.seai.ie/energyshow.

Last year the Energy Show brought together 3,700 visitors, and many availed of the opportunity to link up with international markets. Representatives from a host of worldwide embassies and trade organisations will be available to meet with Irish companies to discuss business opportunities abroad. This represents a unique international networking opportunity and is a platform to develop overseas business and contacts. Countries will be present at scheduled times and full details are on the SEAI website.

The Energy Show is an ideal opportunity for anyone interested in energy management and sustainability, from small business to large industry and from public bodies to community organisations, to witness the latest innovations in energy efficiency and to participate in open debates on the future of sustainable energy in Ireland.

The SEAI Energy Show is a free business exhibition and will run on Wednesday 25th and Thursday 26th of March from 10am – 6pm.

For further details visit www.seai.ie/energyshow.

Make International Business Connections at the Energy Show The Energy Show offers visitors a unique platform to access international markets with scheduled networking sessions taking place over the two days of the Show.   Also present will be the Enterprise Europe Network which offers free help to small and medium-sized businesses to make the most of business opportunities in Europe and beyond. For businesses looking to expand their operation, they can meet with trade representatives from:

  • Argentina
  • Brazil
  • Britain
  • Canada
  • China
  • Czech Republic
  • France
  • Israel
  • Portugal
  • Saudi Arabia
  • Spain

For more details, including the networking schedule visit www.seai.ie/energyshow