Tuesday, 2 July 2013

Questions (477)

Andrew Doyle


477. Deputy Andrew Doyle asked the Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources if he will detail the recent announcement he has made regarding exemplar energy projects; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [31604/13]

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Written answers (Question to Communications)

I launched the first tranche of exemplar energy efficiency projects under the Action Plan for Jobs on 19 June last (a full list of participating organisations is provided below). Collectively, the exemplar projects will see investment of up to €55m in energy saving measures, resulting in annual savings of €7m, while supporting over 500 jobs.

Exemplar projects are demonstration projects that are prepared to use, test and provide feedback on the approach, tools and structures provided under the National Energy Services Contracting Framework. Exemplar projects will receive additional supports in the form of training, networking and access to a panel of legal and technical experts to review and comment at key stages of the projects. In return, participating organisations must commit to actively provide feedback on use of the Framework.

The National Energy Services Framework has been developed to stimulate the market for energy efficiency measures in the non-residential sector. A key aim of the Framework is to develop robust projects that are investment-ready for financing entities (such as the Energy Efficiency Fund). This will stimulate the development of an Energy Services Company (ESCO) market, thereby supporting sustainable employment in construction and professional services. The Framework also aims to provide best-practice guidance to public and private sector client organisations when procuring energy services and engaging ESCOs.

Further information on the exemplar projects and the National Energy Services Framework can be found on the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland’s website http://www.seai.ie/Your_Business/National_Energy_Services_Framework

Participating Organisations

Boliden Tara Mines

Carbery Group

Carton Bros


Dublin City Council

Dublin City University

Fingal County Council

GE Healthcare

Health Service Executive (West) (Project 1& Project 2)

Institute of Technology Tralee

Irish Prison Service

Kerry County Council

Kildare VEC

Letterkenny Institute of Technology

Liffey Meats

Mayo County Council

Radisson Hotel Sligo


St. John of God Hospital


The Four Seasons Hotel

University College Cork