Renewables Investment Has ‘Ground To A Halt’

Investment in the renewable energy sector has ground to a complete halt because of uncertainty surrounding future supports for the sector.  Government plans to introduce a Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) next year to stimulate change from fossil fuels to renewable sources, such as forestry thinnings, for commercial and industrial heat production has resulted in a major fall off in investment, the Irish Bioenergy Association (IrBEA) claimed.

“Any part considering biomass as an energy source has postponed purchasing decisions until clarity is given on the RHI qualifying criteria and the tariff tiering/banding,” IrBEA claimed.

“The industry fear is that if greater clarity does not happen until sometime late this year or early 2016, then the capacity in the sector will be further depleted and the sector will struggle to respond to market demand post the introduction of the RHI,” IrBEA added.

It has called for the department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources (DCENR) to confirm that any eligible renewable installation, completed up to the date the RHI becomes operational, will benefit from the new support.  This so-called ‘grandfathering’ commitment would ensure that projects can start planning, negotiate with suppliers, get supply chains organized and commence construction safe in the knowledge that they will not be excluded from the scheme.

Meltdown

“The exact same issue arose in the UK in 2008/2009 when an RHI scheme was first mooted.  To prevent a complete market meltdown, the then UK minister for energy and climate change made an announcement in July 2009 that any biomass projects installed from the date of his announcement would retrospectively qualify for the RHI once it was introduced,” IrBEA explained.

IrBEA confirmed that it had written to Minister Alex White and his DCENR officials seeking a similar derogation to be introduced in Ireland.

The justification for an RHI is the contribution that can be made to Ireland’s 12pc heat target for renewable s by 2020.

The Government target is to replace about 200,000t of oil equivalent per year by 2020.  This would avoid oil imports of about €120m per annum.  On current uptake trends, Ireland could be hit with EU fines of up to €500m per year for missing the 2020 targets.

‘Grandfathering’ announcement urgently needed for Renewable Heat Incentive

The Government plans to introduce a Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) in 2016 to stimulate change from fossil fuels to renewable sources for commercial and industrial heat production. An unintended consequence of that announcement last October (in draft Bioenergy Plan) is that the market has now ground to a complete halt due to the uncertainty created.

Any party considering biomass as an energy source has postponed purchasing decisions until clarity is given on the RHI qualifying criteria and tariff tiering/banding. The industry fear is that if such clarity does not happen until sometime late this year or early 2016, then the capacity in the sector will be further depleted and the sector will struggle to respond to market demand post the introduction of the RHI.

The justification for an RHI is the contribution that can be made to Ireland’s 12% heat target for renewables and the overall 16% renewables target by 2020. The sooner momentum is achieved, the greater the contribution towards these targets. On current uptake trends, Ireland could be hit with EU fines of up to €500 million per year for missing the targets.

The solution, urgently requested by IrBEA, is an announcement by the Minister for Energy to confirm that any eligible renewable installations, completed during the period from the date of the announcement to the date that the RHI becomes operational, will benefit from the new support as if the installation had been completed on the date the relevant scheme launches – a so-called “Grandfathering” commitment. It would ensure that projects can start planning, negotiating with suppliers, getting supply chains organised and commencing construction safe in the knowledge that they will not be excluded from the scheme.

The exact same issue arose in the UK in 2008/2009 when an RHI scheme was first mooted.  To prevent a complete market meltdown, the then UK Minister for Energy and Climate Change made an announcement in July 2009 that any biomass projects installed from the date of his announcement would retrospectively qualify for the RHI once it was introduced.

IrBEA acknowledges that such a grandfathering commitment may create legitimate expectations with people who then proceed to install poor quality boilers and use undesirable fuel.  As the credible voice of the Bioenergy industry in Ireland, IrBEA is committed to the growth of a sustainable sector and not only accepts these concerns but wants to be at the forefront of putting in place safeguards for taxpayers (funders of the RHI scheme) and end consumers (purchasers of goods & services).

We have therefore written to Energy Minister Alex White and his DCENR officials that for biomass boiler projects, only projects using equipment qualifying for inclusion on the Triple-E register maintained by SEAI will be eligible for inclusion in the RHI Scheme and projects must use sustainable biomass.

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.

Minister White appoints SEAI Chair and Board Members

CKEA Manager Mr. Paddy Phelan has today been appointed as one of 5 new board members to the state board of the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland.

The position appointed is as Board member with technical competencies in the fields of Technology /Engineering /Construction/Architecture / Research – 1506306.

http://www.dcenr.gov.ie/Press+Releases/2015/Minister+White+appoints+SEAI+Chair+and+Board+Members.htm

 

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).

http://eeef.lu/news-detail/items/city-of-venlo-is-upgrading-73-of-its-public-lighting-via-a-senior-debt-facility-provided-by-the-eeef.html

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

CKEA Pushing Renewables to New Level

CKEA Services EE RE EMExciting new announcements coming soon on Demand Reduction, DC Network Pilot and Local Communities becoming  energy sufficient in 2015!!

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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