Tuesday, 17 September 2019

Questions (529)

Thomas Byrne


529. Deputy Thomas Byrne asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment the processing time for new applications under the SEAI warmer homes scheme in counties Meath and Louth. [37233/19]

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Written answers (Question to Communications)

The Better Energy Warmer Homes Scheme provides energy efficiency upgrades to the homes of people living in or at risk of energy poverty. These upgrades are provided free of charge to the homeowner. The Scheme is administered by the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI) on behalf of my Department. The initial Warmer Homes Scheme budget allocation for 2019 was €24 million. However, following a mid-year capital review conducted by my Department and SEAI, the budget has been increased to €39.8 million for 2019. Approvals under the scheme can be granted within a number of days of the SEAI receiving a completed application. The home is then scheduled for a technical survey and subsequently allocated to a contractor to carry out the works. The most recent data available indicates that the average waiting times from date of application to date of works completion is 8 months for shallow measures and 11 months for deeper measures. My Department does not currently have a breakdown of processing times by county.