Public Consultations – September 2015

Public ConsultationThe Carlow Kilkenny Energy Agency will be submitting their answer to the following public consultations in the next couple of weeks. We would like to encourage your participation so please contact us with any ideas you would like to bring forward. These public consultations will help shape future renewable energy schemes, so it is important to participate to ensure we can have an impact in future legislation.

You can contact Jane Wickham at: or by phone to: 056 779 08 56 

Below you can see the documentation and questions by the Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources:

Renewable Electricity Support Scheme Consultation


The initial consultation on potential future supports for renewable electricity is seeking views on the available technologies, their cost effectiveness and the level of support required.  It also seeks views on some of the high level design aspects for a support scheme.



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The consultation is open until 11 September 2015.

Renewable Heat Incentive – Technology Review Consultation

​The initial consultation on potential future supports for renewable heat is seeking views on the available technologies, their cost effectiveness and the level of support required.  It also seeks views on some of the high level design aspects for a support scheme.

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The consultation is open until 11 September 2015.

Carlow Kilkenny Energy Agency fighting Climate Change

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Carlow Kilkenny Energy AgencyPhone: 056 7790856Email:

Press Release

Carlow Kilkenny Energy Agency fighting Climate Change

Carlow Kilkenny Energy Agency, 12th August 2015

Carlow Kilkenny Energy Agency (CKEA) is creating the first Irish Local Energy Hub to help combat Climate Change and encourage Low-Carbon Development.

The Local Energy Hub is part of the major European initiative: Data4Action.

Combating Climate Change

For the first time in Ireland, Carlow Kilkenny Local Energy Hub will collect annual energy consumption data from energy providers, Local Authorities, participating local businesses, and the general public.  Analysis of this data will help to develop a sustainable energy action plan that will reduce greenhouse gas emissions and improve energy efficiency.

Elsewhere in Europe it has been shown that public participation is the key to enabling individuals and organisations to benefit from the financial savings that can be achieved.  The Local Energy Hub will operate as an information platform helping everyone to improve energy efficiency and save money.

Making It Happen

The Local Energy Hub is being managed by Carlow Kilkenny Energy Agency, working together with the Local Authorities, Sustainable Energy Authority Ireland, International Energy Research Centre, City of Dublin Energy Management Agency, and Rennicks.

Understanding the pattern of local energy use and greenhouse gas emission will become ever more important as Ireland contributes to combating climate change.   The Local Energy Hub is an innovation that will assist.  It will gather, assess, process and model energy data to underpin sustainable energy planning at regional and local levels.  The Carlow Kilkenny Local Energy Hub will provide a repository:, for all of the data on energy performance in the area.  This will inform the creation of smart, evidence-based Sustainable Energy Action Plans for Carlow and Kilkenny County Councils.

How Can You Help?

The Local Energy Hub will not function properly unless we are able to obtain reliable and up-to-date data on energy consumption – and this is where we need everyone in Carlow and Kilkenny counties to become involved.  The idea is simple – we are creating a secure database to handle all of the energy data from the area – the database will go live in November 2015, but in the meantime we invite the people and businesses of Counties Carlow and Kilkenny to register, have a look at the information that is required, and provide any suggestions or ideas to help improve the Local Energy Observatory.

To access the Local Energy Hub, follow the link:   All of the information that is provided to the Local Energy Hub will remain confidential, and the data will be used anonymously.

For any questions please contact


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Data4Action Roundtable Steering Committee 2

Data4Action Roundtable Steering Committee 2

28/07/2015 – Kilkenny County Hall RSC 1

On Tuesday 28th of July 2015 Carlow Kilkenny Energy Agency hosted our second Data4Action Roundtable Steering Committee at Kilkenny County Hall. The agenda for the meeting included:

  • An overview of the Data4Action Project
  • The role of the Steering Committee
  • The Regional Energy Observatory Launch
  • Tender Specification REO

An introduction was given from each committee member and the role that each will play in the project for its duration. An important aim was to introduce the concept of our Regional Energy Observatory which was only recently launched and can be found @ The main focus now within the project is to start collating energy data from utility companies, local business, residential and national data providers.

An important goal of the committee is to build strong collaborations with energy data providers and stakeholders within the region to promote and share knowledge on climate change, greenhouse gas and CO2 emissions. We at CKEA currently work with the local authorities in both Carlow and Kilkenny which are also to some extent data providers. Our Regional Steering Committee (RSC) compromises of three data providers, two experts in the field of data collection and analysis and two public authorities. All of the data providers work daily with energy and/or emission data and are considered as experts within their area. The public authorities are represented by two senior executive engineers from Carlow and Kilkenny local authorities. We are aiming for improving the collaboration with regional and local stakeholders and research institutions.

We will be hosting further Regional Roundtables in the near future so if you wish to attend please contact Jonathan Griffin – email:


Case Study: St. Canices Hall, Kilkenny


St. Canices Hall is locally used for such activities as boules playing, afterschools facilities, mens club and occasional functions in the community. The hall offers a valuable resource for those wishing to socialise with their community.St. Canices Hall is locally used for such activities as boules playing, afterschools facilities, mens club and occasional functions in the community. The hall offers a valuable resource for those wishing to socialise with their community.

St Canices HallEnergy Efficient Lighting

St. Canices Hall had a mixture of T-12 and T-8 flourescent lighting. It was proposed to install LED-Tubes for improved lighting in the space.

Insulation and Building Fabric upgrades

St. Canice’s opted to dry-line the main hall of the building. The rear snooker rooms were insulated used cavity wall pumped insulation. 300-mm of attic insulation was also added to the Main Hall, with roof vents. The back door was previously in bad repair and was replaced. As a result the centre now has wheelchair access which allows additional community members to use the facility.


Since the upgrade the role of the centre has changed somewhat, with office space being added in one of the rear room, which has increased footfall. Based on the initial period of monitoring from December 2013-April2014, there was a 4% cost reduction and 13% usage reduction. If usage had continued as such it was expected that there would have been an overall 11% annual energy savings a result of lighting upgrades. There was a 32% reduction in oil usage at the site as a result of the insulation upgrades.

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Figure 1 St. Canices Hall During Upgrade

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Figure 2 Post Upgrade


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Case Study: Kilkenny City Hall, Kilkenny


Kilkenny City Hall, KilkennyKilkenny City Hall houses Kilkenny Borough Council, part of Kilkenny Local Authorities. The building is a listed building of historical interest and is open to public viewing during normal office hours. During the 1980’s a fire destroyed the building and it was rebuilt shortly afterwards. Since then it has been predominantly cosmetic upgrades that have taken place and KBC were eager to provide some newer lighting for their staff, as well as address the comfort issue of heating. The building is also home to the Mayor of Kilkenny

Time Frame

The initial decision to proceed with energy efficiency upgrades took place in April 2013 and the projects were complete by October 2013. The works were funded by SEAI Better Energy Communities 2013.

Implemented Energy Efficiency Measures

City Hall opted to install two energy efficiency measures. The first measure they implemented was an upgrade of their lighting. Their existing lighting was T-8, magnetic ballast, mixed with some 2-D fluorescent fixtures. The existing T-8s were replaced with T-5 fluorescent tubes and new fixtures and the 2-D fixtures were replaced with LED equivalent. Occupancy sensors were placed in low use areas such as toilets and canteen areas.

City Hall also decided to upgrade their storage heating. The existing storage heating had been in place since the 1980’s and had no control and was providing low levels of heat output. The City Hall opted to install new Dimplex Storage heating with controls. The controls allow space temperature settings, time clocks as well as being intelligent.


  • Cost Savings – 36%
  • Energy Savings – 37,170-kWh (5% greater than expected)
  • Expected Energy Savings – 35,509-kWh

Engineer Responsible:

Elizabeth Cosgrave, MEng. Sc., BE MIEI

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 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, 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.

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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

  • 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