Three Counties Energy Agency (3CEA)

Background

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.

Activities

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.

Mission

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.

Objectives

  • 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.

News

Unlocking the Potential of Biogas for the Energy Transition – BiogasAction Final Conference


The BiogasAction final conference highlighted the essential role of regional cooperation on the development of biogas in Europe.

Streetlight-EPC Webinar – Supporting EPC market development through EPC Facilitation Services


This webinar held on the 3rd of February 2017, presented the project approach, key lessons learnt and conclusions as well examples of implemented projects. A keynote presentation from the European Commission shed some light on how the “Clean Energy for all Europeans” package may influence the development of the EPC market.

Promoting Sustainable Energy – Data quality to support local action


The Sustainable Energy Action Plan (SEAP) represents the key document of the Covenant of Mayors initiative, launched by the European Commission in 2009 in order to promote the 20-20-20 European targets among the municipalities. The […]

Best Practices

3CEA: Better Energy Communities Grant Programme 2018


Learn how 3CEA has helped a growing number of home-owners, businesses, community groups, voluntary housing associations and organisations to reduce their energy costs and achieve energy savings and saved a total of 5.21GWh primary energy in a year!

EPC Streetlight Refurbishment in the Kilkenny County


The Kilkenny Streetlight LED Retrofit Pilot Project: an ambitious project to retrofit 1,300 street lights to LED across the city and county of Kilkenny, Ireland.

ClimAtlantic Project


CLIMATLANTIC aims at developing strategies at regional and local level towards the reduction of the carbon footprint in the European Atlantic Area. The project will focus in four essential issues: mobility, energy, territorial management and social behaviour.

South-East Region / Carlow County – IE Reducing electricity consumption


Carlow County Council consumes approximately 8 million kWh of electricity per year to run all of its operations, equating to a total electricity bill of €1.25 million per year. To reduce this expense and its carbon footprint, a pilot action was developed – which was formalised by an agreement – between Carlow County Council, the South-East Regional Authority, and Carlow Kilkenny Energy Agency (see Governance section on the right).

Publications

Irish Data Access Guidebook


Energy data is crucial for identifying trends in the economic priority sectors to target energy policies and to ensure energy efficiency improvements and increased renewable energy deployment.

Events

DEEP RETROFIT OPEN DAY


Wexford County Council

Streetlight-EPC Webinar Supporting EPC market development through EPC Facilitation Services


The Streetlight-EPC project has created demand and supply for Energy Performance Contracting (EPC) in 9 regions by setting up regional EPC facilitation services and supporting projects towards implementation.

DATA4ACTION Conference on the Energy Transition


The European Energy Transition Conference is the main annual meeting of local energy transition stakeholders: elected representatives in charge of energy, climate plans or planning, heads of local authority departments, businesses and civil society.

Conferenza: Promozione della sostenibilità energetica – Qualità dei dati per sostenere l’azione a livello locale


La Città metropolitana di Torino ospita il 19 Novembre un evento internazionale nell’ambito del Patto dei Sindaci – Covenant of Mayors – e del progetto europeo DATA4ACTION.