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


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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.

Powerpoint Presentation: [download id=”1940″]


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






Global Wind Day 2015 in Ireland

It’s that time again! Global Wind Day 2015 is taking place on Monday 15th June, with events taking place here in Ireland, across Europe and around the globe. Global Wind Day is coordinated by the European Wind Energy Association (EWEA) and the Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC) to raise awareness of wind energy and its potential.

Map of Ireland with participating counties

Last year was a great success with over 1,000 people, young and old visiting Irish wind farms. This year again will see wind farms across Ireland and Northern Ireland hosting an array of events to celebrate renewable wind energy.

The dates and activities vary, with some wind farms hosting public wind farm open-days and talks so that families can learn about wind energy and see turbines in operation, while others are hosting special events including community walks and runs, and some more still are inviting schools for fun, games and facts on wind.

Ballymartin Wind Farm, Co. Kilkenny.

Opening date & time: Thursday 18th June between 6pm and 8pm.
What’s happening: Opportunity for the community to visit the wind farm. Brookfield Renewables staff will be on hand to explain how the turbines work and how clean, renewable energy is generated. Children welcome.
Description: Community Open Day.
Organiser: Brookfield Renewable Ireland
Meeting place: Bus will be departing at 6.15pm from Mullinavat GAA Club Car Park and must be used for access as individual parking is unavailable.
Who’s the contact:  Please email Marie Moloney on

Call For A Clear Energy Strategy

The most recent projections from the EPA indicate that Ireland could miss emission reduction targets by as much as 11%.  However, agriculture can play a significant role in achieving further emission reductions and delivering renewable energy obligations.  This can only happen with the introduction of a clear bioenergy and renewable’s strategy from Government.

This must include improved REFIT tariffs, the development of end-use markets for renewable crops and the co-ordination of activity between state agencies to ensure renewable energy obligations are delivered, emissions are reduced and job creation is supported in rural areas.

The greenhouse gasses attributed to the agricultural sector should be more accurately reported by fully recognizing the mitigation potential of carbon sinks from forestry, bioenergy, grasslands and aquaculture.  These sinks are an important in significantly reducing emissions from the sector.

Harold Kingston

IFA Environment and Rural Affairs Chairman



Energy Data for Sustainable Energy Planning

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Carlow Kilkenny Energy AgencyPhone: 056 7790856Email:

Press Release

Energy Data for Sustainable Energy Planning

Carlow Kilkenny Energy Agency, 19/05/2015

Carlow Kilkenny Energy Agency will host a meeting on Energy Data Opportunities on Wednesday 3rd June 2015 at the Lord Bagenal Inn, Leighlinbridge, Co Carlow. The Energy Agency is a member of the EU Data4Action ( initiative, which is hosting the event. Go to to register.

Through Data4Action, Carlow Kilkenny Energy Agency is developing a Local Energy Observatory. The Observatory will utilise local energy consumption data to help to inform future strategic planning and Sustainable Energy Action Planning within both Carlow and Kilkenny counties. Ambition is that the outputs from the local energy observatory will influence decisions made and have real impact on making both counties exemplars of low carbon economies.

To facilitate this process the CKEA is using EU protocols to undertake an analysis of the national energy data statistics and disaggregate these to the counties of Carlow and Kilkenny. This process uses metrics, such as demographic data, to create a baseline guide for use in other EU countries.

The next phase of the initiative will involve the collection of local data from energy consumers via an energy portal. This will improve the accuracy of the information that is gathered. The data will then be used as a reference tool for decision-makers at Local Authority level, enabling them to track the positive or negative impact on energy consumption that results from strategic planning decisions. It will also enable corrective action, where this may be necessary.

Later this summer the Carlow and Kilkenny Local Energy Observatory will be launched for public access to allow everyone to share their energy data – so everyone can play a part in making their local area a more sustainable energy user.


Embargo: 21st May 2015

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