Tuesday, 16 January 2018

Questions (1733)

Lisa Chambers

Question:

1733. Deputy Lisa Chambers asked the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government if funding will be made available to Mayo County Council under the energy retrofitting programme or other related schemes to fund the carrying out of works, including insulation and replacement of windows and doors, in residential dwellings; the date on which such funding will be made available; the amount to be allocated in this funding; the amount of funding made available to all local authorities for such works in the past five years, in tabular form; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [54793/17]

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Written answers (Question to Housing)

Local authorities are currently undertaking an ambitious programme of insulation retrofitting, with the support of my Department, on the least energy efficient social homes. Funding of some €115.7 million has been provided from 2013 to the end of 2017 to improve energy efficiency and comfort levels in almost 64,000  local authority homes, benefitting those at risk of fuel poverty and making a significant contribution to Ireland’s carbon emissions reduction targets and energy reduction targets for 2020. Details of the funding provided and the number of units upgraded by local authority under the Energy Efficiency Retrofitting Programme since 2013 are provided in the attached table.

The Energy Efficiency Retrofitting Programme is being implemented in a number of phases: Phase 1 commenced in 2013 and is focused on providing attic/roof insulation and the less intrusive cavity wall insulation in all relevant properties while Phase 2 of the Programme, which has been piloted in both Fingal and Westmeath County Councils, will focus on the external fabric upgrade of those social housing units with solid/hollow block wall construction. Funding may also be provided under Phase 2 to upgrade poorly performing windows and doors in specific circumstances.

The Voids Programme introduced by my Department in 2014, also provides funding for energy efficiency works to local authority housing.  During the period 2014 to 2017, works were carried out on 7,160 units under this Programme supported by funding of €29.8m from my Department. This funding is in addition to the specific Energy Efficiency Retrofitting Programme information outlined in the attached table.

In 2018, funding of €35 million is available for energy efficiency works under both programmes. The main focus of the available funding for the Energy Efficiency Retrofitting Programme will be on the completion of the remaining Phase 1 works and formally rolling out Phase 2. My Department will, shortly, be asking local authorities including Mayo County Council to submit details of their work proposals and related funding requirements for this Programme in 2018. Funding allocations will be determined following assessment of the local authority returns.

PQ 54793/17 : Energy Efficiency Retrofitting Programme –Units & Funding 2013 - 2017

2013

2014

2015

2016

2017

2013 - 2017

Local Authority

Units

Funding

Units

Funding

Units

Funding

Units

Funding

Units

Funding

Total Units

Total Funding

Carlow

179

329,763

262

385,922

290

788,864

53

48,750

59

169,812

843

1,723,111

Cavan

180

341,138

525

850,818

598

775,874

302

327,346

54

79,337

1659

2,374,513

Clare

366

635,724

333

498,635

298

518,285

175

260,960

116

65,522

1288

1,979,126

Cork City

397

1,091,105

950

2,002,047

2,329

3,260,660

2,128

4,593,455

922

1,761,898

6726

12,709,165

Cork County

510

1,223,799

819

1,079,181

1,181

1,340,036

1,622

2,913,930

220

280,658

4284

6,837,604

Donegal

235

325,561

526

800,503

453

891,633

380

797,268

480

754,856

2074

3,569,821

Dublin City

449

3,131,363

3303

5,244,209

2,469

3,828,503

496

670,496

1440

1,990,878

8157

14,865,449

Dun Laoghaire / Rathdown

757

1,351,270

1058

2,009,876

369

957,237

75

182,956

0

0

2259

4,501,339

Fingal

2135

3,262,813

146

1,897,600

326

1,548,500

207

983,250

0

0

2814

7,692,163

Galway City

167

321,828

319

497,190

383

777,569

874

2,344,707

25

44,936

1768

3,986,230

Galway County

802

761,261

325

390,515

290

625,670

461

774,437

0

0

1878

2,551,883

Kerry

69

494,824

538

468,715

441

549,315

108

146,213

334

311,106

1490

1,970,173

Kildare

201

453,614

694

1,528,046

311

617,455

468

1,224,403

180

393,189

1854

4,216,707

Kilkenny

415

776,234

212

417,279

260

396,662

21

147,093

180

312,184

1088

2,049,452

Laois

333

482,937

512

753,953

402

555,936

51

77,999

0

0

1298

1,870,825

Leitrim

146

258,978

164

254,259

550

308,382

158

173,231

0

0

1018

994,850

Limerick City

245

404,883

Limerick County

104

396163

545

964,754

41

65,000

0

0

0

0

935

1,830,800

Longford

521

1,147,820

227

370,286

142

321,974

0

0

0

0

890

1,840,080

Louth

194

182,866

430

636,718

502

879,880

761

954,333

120

65,764

2007

2,719,561

Mayo

193

481,774

131

410,361

216

464,238

131

330,567

20

117,105

691

1,804,045

Meath

185

642,557

405

676,837

577

1,079,905

526

874,625

50

113,920

1743

3,387,844

Monaghan

213

335,406

240

419,118

336

325,345

0

0

25

155,359

814

1,235,228

Offaly

269

360,276

217

237,467

694

553,963

287

301,861

0

0

1467

1,453,567

Roscommon

90

186,232

422

472,438

202

232,886

107

29,576

535

444,813

1356

1,365,945

Sligo

189

337,015

265

344,450

624

652,028

280

243,399

0

0

1712

1,576,892

South Dublin

223

712,114

601

1,828,879

390

647,231

346

748,330

391

761,731

1951

4,628,617

Tipperary North

898

1,707,438

Tipperary South

322

528,106

689

1,301,342

0

810,434

223

326,827

172

282,233

2304

4,956,380

Waterford City

68

570,878

Waterford County

286

340,411

636

766,288

605

1,859,600

0

0

0

0

1595

3,537,177

Westmeath

753

1,079,494

968

859,733

200

489,788

131

863,517

55

434,441

2107

3,726,973

Wexford

757

971,133

1263

1,031,290

298

446,196

59

206,428

20

22,082

2397

2,677,129

Wicklow

256

1,324,927

285

1,325,039

225

334,732

873

1,986,878

0

0

1639

4,971,576

Totals:*

13,107

€26,951,705

18,010

€30,723,748

16,002

€26,903,781

11,303

€22,532,835

5,398

€8,665,268

63,820*

€115,777,337*

(*Figures include Phase 1, some Phase 2 (2015/2016/2017) and special projects outside Phase 2.)