HOME owners across Ireland with houses built in the 60s or 70s, or who are struggling to heat inefficient, more modern homes over 12 years old with poor BER rating, are being urged to group together and apply for a new retrofit scheme which offers between 50% and 95% of grant aid. Continue reading “3CEA urges home owners to apply now for up to 50% grant aid under Deep Retrofit programme”
Ireland’s Government policy has set a target for 10% of all vehicles on our roads to be powered by electricity by 2020, this will represent approximately 230,000 vehicles. The plan includes:
Wexford County Council takes another step along the energy efficiency road.
We had a good day out of the office yesterday as Wexford County Council and SEAI signed a Public Sector Partnership in SEAI offices in Dublin 2. This further commits WCC to energy efficiency targets by 2020 and beyond and through the partnership they receive the support of SEAI’s Public Sector Programme team. Well done all involved and especially our board member, John Carley, Director of Services WCC and our own Jane Wickham, Energy Engineer, who has been working with John and the other members of the WCC Energy Team to reach this point. CKEA welcomes Cllr Oliver Walsh to the CKEA Board.
Read the full Press Release below
As part of our new ‘#energytip’ series we are encouraging businesses and home owners to replace the previous generations of ‘low energy’ bulbs, including the popular CFLs with the new generation LED range. In a comparison of a 16W LED bulb with a 23W CFL, both giving the equivalent light of a 100W incandescent bulb the LED made up for its initial higher cost after 3 years. The savings begin to be really noticeable when the CFL needs to be replaced after 4 or so years*.
Replacing an old bulb with an LED equivalent is, in most cases, a simple matter of a straight swop. However, traditional fluorescent lighting requires ballast where LED does not and we suggest that an electrician is consulted in advance. Lighting upgrades can be considered for grant aid when in conjunction with other retrofit measures, see http://3cea.ie/bec/ for more information.
The LED bulb has an estimated life span of 20 years leading to savings not only on energy but on maintenance also. And for those of you who still associate LED lighting with the harsh, cold light of its early incarnation, fear not as it has moved on a long way. The hue or perceived warmth of a light is measured in Kelvin. A Kelvin of between 2700 and 3000 is in the warm spectrum suited to homes and offices where lighting for comfort is required. The Kelvin on a bulb is available on the packaging but most manufacturers also use descriptors such as ‘warm’ or ‘soft’ and these bulbs are within the comfort range.
Please dispose of CFL bulbs in accordance with manufacturers’ recommendations as they contain mercury.*Our comparison, see infographic below, is based on current RRP, a bulb being on for 5 hours a day, with an electricity rate of 15c per kWh.
We are pleased to notice that the Kilkenny City Street Lighting case study for the Streetlight-EPC Project, of which we are regional partner, has been published on the BUILD UP portal, the European portal for energy efficiency.
Street Light EPC is an EU project aimed at promoting the use of Energy Performance Contracts or EPCs as an accessible way of refurbishing street lighting in Europe which boasts in excess of 56 million street lighting luminaires. Much of this infrastructure is old and inefficient, just as was the case with Kilkenny City street lighting recently upgraded through the project as a city partner, facilitated by regional partner CKEA. EPCs transfer some of the energy savings risk from the consumer to the supplier. A form of EPC, an Energy Performance Related Payment model which links contractor payment to energy performance, was adopted by Kilkenny County Council when upgrading the 60 to 70 year old street lighting infrastructure. Download the Kilkenny City street lighting upgrade in the case study here: Street_lighting_Kilkenny_city_Carlow_Kilkenny_County.pdf (237 downloads)
CKEA welcomes Budget 2017
Minister Denis Naughten of the Department of Communication, Climate Change and Environment issued a budget statement this week which identifies the interconnection between climate action and energy efficiency. The full press release from the Department is available on their website or further down this post. Carlow Kilkenny and Wexford Energy Agency Manager, Paddy Phelan, has welcomed the focus and supporting measures outlined by Minister Naughten:
“CKEA welcomes Budget 2017. It sets in train the budget allocation to deliver the much anticipated Renewable Heat Incentive programme promised since 2014. Will this be enough, if delivered, to ignite the massive challenge that lays in wait to achieve the Renewable Heat target for 2020? Only time will tell. Ireland Inc is currently set to significantly miss the target, resulting in long term fines of circa €100m per % point below the 12% Renewable Heat Target. Current reports for 2015 suggest that Ireland is circa 7.6% below that 2020 target.
The Energy Citizens role in sustainable community programmes is marked with an increase in SEAI programme funding for Better Energy Communities and the Warmer Homes Programme.
Paddy is also delighted to see the establishment of the National Dialogue on Climate Change and would be keen for CKEA to participate. Local Energy Agencies support climate change mitigation and adaption through the county based approach for Sustainable Energy and Climate Action Planning.
Budget 2017 Statement by Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment Denis Naughten: Broadband, Energy Efficiency and Digital Economy focus areas for Budget 2017
11 October 2016
- €100 million for energy efficiency projects €15 million for National Broadband Plan
- Capital allocation to increase by €45m, , to more than €170m
- Total 2017 Budget €529 million
The Minister for Communications, Climate Action & Environment, Denis Naughten T.D., today announced his Department’s Budget 2017 allocation. “Climate action, energy, broadband connectivity and the digital economy are amongst the most significant strategic sectors for Ireland’s economic, employment and social recovery, and Budget 2017 demonstrates committed and ongoing support for these key areas.”
Broadband Connectivity and the Digital Economy
Broadband connectivity remains a key social, economic and political priority.
The National Broadband Plan (NBP) will play an integral role in revitalizing businesses and communities across provincial towns in rural Ireland, and additional funding of€5m has been set aside to finalise the tender process in 2017 bringing the total allocation for the National Broadband Plan in 2017 to €15 million .
A further €8m will facilitate the reallocation of the 700mhz spectrum away from TV broadcasting to support broadband and mobile telephony plans in rural areas. In freeing up a very valuable spectrum band, this crucial investment will deliver better mobile data services (including 5G), particularly in rural areas.
€3 million will be spent on the Trading Online Voucher Scheme, which helps small businesses develop their trading online capacity, as well as offering training, mentoring and support.
Energy and Climate Action
Energy and climate action are inextricably linked, and the Minister has affirmed this Government’s determination to meet the Paris Agreement targets within the next 398 months.
To this end, €500,000 will be directed to the establishment of a National Dialogue on Climate Change, while an additional €24m – an increase of 35% on last year – will target expanded energy efficiency and renewable energy programmes across the country.
In 2017, at least €100m will be invested on energy projects, saving over 116,000 tonnes in carbon emissions every year, reducing overall dependence on imported fossil fuels, and supporting around 3,000 jobs.
The transition away from carbon-based fuels remains a long-term goal; €7 million has been allocated to a new Renewable Heat Incentive Scheme to help achieve this.
A further €2 million will be allocated to the Better Energy Homes Scheme to support individual householders in making energy efficiency improvements to their homes, while an additional €4 million will be allocated to the Better Energy Communities Scheme.
The Warmth and Wellbeing pilot scheme will also be expanded and its total allocation for 2017 will be increased to €8 million.
An additional €2 million is being provided for the Environment Protection Agency to target illegal dumpers and €13 million for landfill remediation will be spent next year to clean up our landfill sites.
These measures are additional or enhanced commitments in the context of an overall budget in 2017 of €529 million.
CKEA welcomes Budget 2017
Case Study: LED Lighting: Greenlane Fire Station
The Greenlane Fire Station is operated by Carlow County Council Fire & Rescue Services Carlow County Council Fire & Rescue Services. The fire station availed of services through SEAI to perform an energy audit in early 2014. Through the SEAI an energy auditor was provided and a site visit was performed. The site visit generated a list of potential measures which outlined potential energy savings by adopting energy efficiency measures. Items outlined included boiler and heating controls, as well as lighting upgrades. The staff at the Fire station opted to review in greater detail the potential of lighting upgrades. Their existing lighting was T-8 lighting, which was manually controlled with wall mounted switches. Typically the hall lighting was being left on constantly, and while every effort was made by the staff at the fire station, offices were left unmanned during emergencies with the lighting left on in the absence of staff. With the assistance of Carlow Kilkenny Energy Agency, a public tender was prepared and various options for lighting improvements were tendered by varying contractors. In the end the facility had a choice of T-5 lighting or LED lighting upgrades. The pros and cons of each option were evaluated and taking into consideration operational and maintenance cost, the department opted for the LED option. The project was installed in September 2014. The Fire & Rescue Services department through the CKEA, availed of grant aid through the Better Energy Communities 2014 program.
The initial lighting energy efficiency project was identified in January 2014. The project applied for funding under Better Energy Communities 2014 in April 2014. Approval for grant aid was received in June 2014. The project was then tendered and the removal of the existing lighting and installation of new lighting was completed in September 2014.
The LED lighting was installed in September 2014. The LED lighting has some additional functionality with motion sensors also installed. The site opted to reduce the number of fittings in certain areas and have been pleased with the improved quality of lighting in the spaces. The expected payback, including grant aid is just over 6 years. The following graph shows the pre and post energy consumption for the site.
To date from January 2015-July 2015, the site has saved just over €1,100 on their energy bills as a direct result of installation of the LED lighting.
Elizabeth Cosgrave, Energy Engineer, Energy Efficiency
Key Words – Energy Efficiency, LED Lighting, Energy Savings