Three Counties Energy Agency (3CEA)



The Carlow Kilkenny Energy Agency was established by Carlow and Kilkenny Local Authorities in partnership with the Leader Development Companies in Carlow and Kilkenny to provide sustainable energy information and services to the people of Carlow and Kilkenny, to local businesses and community groups and to the Local Authorities.
The Agency can be contacted for impartial information, advice and support by anyone considering energy management or renewable energy projects in Carlow or Kilkenny.


There is a huge renewable energy resource waiting to be tapped into in Co. Carlow and Co. Kilkenny. Full exploitation of the Accessible renewable energy resources in the Counties would mean that we could meet 50% of our primary energy requirements from local renewable energy resources.
The development of renewable energy sources is a priority at local, regional, national and at a European level. It is an objective of the existing County Development Plans of both counties to encourage and facilitate the development of renewable energy developments where it is consistent with the proper planning and development of the area.
The Carlow Kilkenny Energy Agency carried out a survey in 2005 of the potential and practical availability of the renewable energy resources in Co. Carlow and Co. Kilkenny. All these resources have potential to be used to reduce our dependence on imported fossil fuels.
The Agency can offer support and advice to anyone wishing to utilise the renewable energy resources in the Counties whether using wood, solar or geothermal energy to heat homes and other premises, for the development of wind and biogas projects, or for the use of biofuels for transport.


The mission of the Carlow Kilkenny Energy Agency is to contribute effectively to sustainable development in Co. Carlow and Co. Kilkenny by providing sustainable energy information, support and services to the people of Carlow and Kilkenny, to local businesses and community groups and to the Local Authorities.


  • Energy awareness and dissemination campaigns
    Providing information on renewable energy and energy efficient products, local developers, suppliers and installers.
  • Energy management and procurement
    Negotiation of energy supply contracts and management of electricity accounts and optimisation of Council operations for energy efficiency.
  • Energy efficiency and renewable energy projects
    Project management and facilitation for the Local Authorities, local community groups and businesses.
  • Sustainable energy training
    Organising training courses and workshops for local Authority staff and the public.
  • Energy Policy Development
    The Agency works with Carlow and Kilkenny County Councils to develop specific energy efficiency and renewable energy policies in County and Local development plans and public building initiatives.


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