Published on February 19, 2014
Better Energy Communities 2014 To support innovative delivery approaches at a community level Portlaoise - 18th February 2014
Agenda: 9.00-9.30 Registration 9.30-10.00: Better Energy Communities: Joe Durkan 10:00-10.15: Technical Workbook: Orla Coyle 10.15-10.45: Area Based Schemes: Ruth Buggie 10.45-11.15: Coffee 11.15-11.45: Funding and Eligible costs: Siobhan Howarth 11.45-12.15: Application Process: Kieran O’Connell 12.15-12.45: Questions and Answers session
Programme Aim The programme will test new approaches to achieving high quality and efficient delivery of improvements in energy efficiency within Irish communities. Builds on BEC 2013
Better Energy Communities 2012 / 2013 BE Communities Pilot 2012 Number of applications 47 Number of Projects Funded 18 Total Grants approved €M Average Government Contribution €1.8M 66% Total Estimated Energy Savings 7.4 GWh Projects with Energy Supplier 11 (61%) Energy Credits to Energy Supplier 3.2 GWh Gap 4.2 GWh BEC Communities 2013
Better Energy Communities 2012 / 2013 BE Communities Pilot 2012 BEC Communities 2013 Number of applications 47 65 Number of Projects Funded 18 50 €1.8M €10.7m 66% 51% Total Estimated Energy Savings 7.4 GWh 29GWh Projects with Energy Supplier 11 (61%) 31 (62%) Energy Credits to Energy Supplier 3.2 GWh > 15 GWh Gap 4.2 GWh c. 15 GWh Total Grants approved €M Average Government Contribution
Areas project - NABCO • • • • • • • National Assoc. of Building Co-operatives (5,000 homes) Grant of €567,118 (69%) 77 homes - 83% (vulnerable homes) Deep retrofits Trial Pay as You Save project €6 per week for 5 years Identifies PAYS challenges
Better Energy Community Project 2013 • Musgraves Supervalu GAA – 24 Stores – 22 GAA Clubs
Better Energy Community Project 2013 • Kilkenny Partnership – – – – Local Authority Local energy Agency Housing Associations Local Business Upgrades to – 250 + Homes – City Hall, GAA Club, 3 Hotels & 2 community buildings Total investment of €3.3M – Grant €2.5M – Annual Savings of €250,000
Better Energy Community Project 2013 • 6 sports clubs – 3 GAA – 2 Basketball – 1 Golf • Total estimated savings of €36,000 • BEC grant of €100,000 • Savings on maintenance & waste • Actual jobs created • Knock on benefits
2014 Application Information
How is it done? • Top level commitment – Clear mandate and intent • Structure and process – Embedding energy within the management discipline • The value of networks – Sharing, learning, replicating practical experience • Resources – Skills - specialist advice, tools, training . . . – Smart investment
Maintaining the momentum • Finding and training the Champions: – Individuals, networks, organisations, business, utilities. • Building trust & understanding: – – – – – – – Finding good project co-ordinators willing to work hard. Demonstrating their value. Brokering partnerships. Developing funding solutions. Building trust across communities. Understanding the process. Access to data.
Key objectives • Improve the thermal and electrical efficiency of the building stock and facilities encouraging the implementation of deeper and more technically/ economically challenging measures. • Provide cost effective and innovative partnership approaches to deliver sustainable energy projects of scale that will continue to build momentum within the community and region. • Mobilise local resources to provide additionality and demonstrate how resources from existing projects and organisations can be leveraged. • Stimulate employment activity through labour-intensive sustainable energy upgrading projects
What is it? The programme allows for a mix of technologies and a blend of domestic and non domestic elements spanning multiple sectors, focusing on energy efficiency and integrated renewable energy technologies and infrastructure Closing date: 30/04/2014 This is a competitive call:– first come / first served until all funds are committed
Key Ingredients • • • • • • • • • Energy efficiency savings Collaboration and partnership – Energy Utility Commitment from lead organisation Matching funding. Project Management capability. Good monitoring and measurement. Good technical projects. Innovation in partnerships and funding blends. Potential for trialling of new projects and smart technologies. (e.g. Smart Grid Test Bed)
Who can apply? • Participating Energy Suppliers (or designated delivery partner) acting in partial fulfilment of its energy saving target; • The Public sector, including local authorities • Community-based organisations (with an established service for delivering the required measures) or other community type and voluntary organisations • Private sector • Leader groups, ESCOs, Energy Agencies
Key Measures supported Typical measures include Fabric upgrades to buildings including insulation (Roof/Wall/Floor), windows, doors and ventilation and heat recovery systems (in conjunction with air tightness measures). Systems upgrades to buildings including boilers (fossil fuel, biomass and electricity), controls, and lighting, and demonstration of energy storage (both thermal and electrical). Integration of renewable energy sources focusing on the balance of energy demand. Innovative use and integration of wind power for the supply and storage of energy transport (i.e. electric vehicles) and / or heat (using pumps with high energy density storage) will be considered. Integration of monitoring and control systems for one or multiple buildings that will contribute to the implementation of replicable measures such as energy management, demand reduction and load control. The setting up of Community activities /organisations that will promote and track long term behavioural change and provide evidence and verification of savings.
Funding Levels Maximum Funding Levels NonDomestic Residential Home Ownership Energy poor Private, Housing Association, Charitable Ownership Up to 100% Non Energy Poor, Unoccupied, Voids Up to 30% Private Sector Up to 30% Public Sector Up to 50% Exemplar Public sector May be > 50% Local Authority Owned Up to 55%
Key Definitions (1) Community: • a group of people or organisations wishing to develop a single (thematic) project in one location or across multiple locations. - Diversity - E.g.: A neighbourhood with clubs, community centre, houses and small businesses a chain of shops or commercial buildings A network of clubs, halls, churches, libraries etc Lead Applicant (e.g. the LA, CBO or voluntary organisation): • responsible for ensuring that all requirements are met (e.g. supply all relevant certificates, financial details / guarantees etc). • must demonstrate that there are sufficient financial and economic resources in place to complete the project. • must ensure the veracity of all claims submitted to SEAI in respect of the project and is responsible for the distribution of grant payments from SEAI to the Beneficiaries.
Key Definitions (2) Project Co-ordinator: • Primary point of contact for SEAI (all queries, documentation etc) • Manages the day to day running of the project, • Responsible for coordination and delivery of the project (in a timely manner) Beneficiary: • a project participant who will incur and pay for costs in carrying out the project. Energy Supplier: • An Energy supply company acting in fulfilment of their energy saving target obligation as set out in legislation and in compliance with any Energy Efficiency notice issued by the Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources. • A project partner who is demonstrably material to the achievement of the savings claimed. (In 2013 Energy Suppliers participated by providing one or more of the following: Financing, Works, Energy advice, pre-grant audits, monitoring. )
Ineligible Projects • • • • • • Projects without demonstrated community benefits. Single element projects. Dwelling only projects Renewables only projects. Auditing projects. Monitoring only projects.
Evaluation Criteria (1) Applications will be assessed against the following Value for money (25): • • • • Energy savings demonstrated (kWh and € / Kwh) Additional funds leveraged % State investment required Clarity of methodology Partnership (25): • • • • Number, diversity and innovation of partners – demonstrated community collaboration Contractual mechanisms Devolved delivery model Potential for replication of partnership
Evaluation Criteria (2) Innovation (25) • • • • • Organisational innovation – networks Technological innovation. Economies of scale Financial, procurement, contractual mechanisms Addressing barriers to progress towards energy targets Quality and delivery (25) • • • • Organisational commitment, Experience and capability of project management team Quality of Project Management & M&V Plans Replication potential. NB. Projects must score a minimum of 50
BEC 2014 – Key Dates Timelines • Programme Launch – Today • Energy Show 12th / 13th March – Workshop and 1:1 advisory session – MCO • Pre-application vetting- MCO • Applications accepted online – 18th March • Application Deadline - 30th April • Project completion – Oct 31st LinkedIn Love In
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