Tuesday, 23 July 2019

Questions (2259)

Aindrias Moynihan


2259. Deputy Aindrias Moynihan asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment his views on whether the warmer homes scheme has been adequately funded for 2019; the amount which has been set aside in 2019 for the scheme; his further views on whether there is enough funding in the scheme for 2019 based on expected output for 2019; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [33286/19]

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Written answers (Question to Communications)

The Better Energy Warmer Homes Scheme provides free energy efficiency upgrades to the homes of people living in or at risk of energy poverty. The Scheme is administered by the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI) on behalf of my Department. The Scheme has been in existence since 2000 and has provided upgrades to over 135,000 homes, leaving the occupants better able to afford to heat their homes to an adequate level. The initial 2019 budget allocation for the Scheme of €24m was in line with the 2018 allocation. However, following a mid-year capital review conducted by my Department and SEAI, the budget has been increased to €39.8m for 2019 to address programme needs.