Tuesday, 23 July 2019

Ceisteanna (2302, 2303)

Aindrias Moynihan

Ceist:

2302. Deputy Aindrias Moynihan asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment the number of houses each service provider has deep retrofitted under the better energy homes programme, the warmth and well-being or warmer homes schemes to date in 2019, in tabular form; the number of homes expected to be completed by the end of 2019; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [34538/19]

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Aindrias Moynihan

Ceist:

2303. Deputy Aindrias Moynihan asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment the level of funding available in 2019 to deep retrofit homes under the better energy homes programme, the warmth and well-being or warmer homes schemes; the number of homes planned to deep retrofit in 2019; the level of funding committed already to date; if he is satisfied the available funding will be adequate to maintain the schemes to the end of 2019; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [34539/19]

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Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Communications)

I propose to take Questions Nos. 2302 and 2303 together.

The Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI) administers a range of energy efficiency retrofit schemes, including those referenced by the Deputy, on behalf of my Department.

The Better Energy Homes Scheme provides a financial incentive to private homeowners who wish to improve the energy performance of their homes. The financial allocation for this scheme is €21 million for 2019 with approximately €11 million spent to date and a further €4 million committed. Better Energy Homes is a demand-led programme and SEAI estimate that approximately 14,000 homeowners will receive grants this year towards energy efficiency upgrade works (both shallow and deeper).

The Warmer Homes Scheme delivers a range of energy efficiency measures free of charge to low income households who meet the defined eligibility criteria and who are vulnerable to energy poverty. The initial Warmer Homes Scheme budget allocation for 2019 was €24m. However, following a mid-year capital review conducted by my Department and SEAI recently, the budget has been increased to €39.8m for 2019 to address program needs. The total number of homes upgraded to date in 2019 under the Scheme is 2,241. The SEAI estimate that approximately 4,500 homes (both shallow and deeper interventions) will be upgraded under the Scheme by end of 2019.

The Warmth and Wellbeing Scheme aims to demonstrate the positive effects that making homes warmer and more energy efficient can have on the health and wellbeing of people in energy poverty who are living with a chronic respiratory condition. The budget allocation for the Warmth and Wellbeing Scheme is €7m with a total of 276 homes upgraded under the Scheme to date in 2019. The SEAI estimate that up to 400 homes in total will be upgraded under the Warmth & Wellbeing Scheme for the full-year 2019.

Officials in my Department have been informed by SEAI that the information requested by the Deputy on individual service providers is commercially sensitive. However, anonymised activity data is set out in the following tables. It is important to note that many factors affect the number of homes a given contractor delivers such as their contract, capacity, their quality of work, and their deeper retrofit experience.

Table 1: Better Energy Homes Contractor Allocations 2019 (year to date)*

Better Energy

Homes Contractor

No. of Homes Completed

Contractor 1

2,026

Contractor 2

588

Contractor 3

157

Contractor 4

98

Contractor 5

83

Contractor 6

74

Contractor 7

69

Contractor 8

67

Contractor 9

62

Contractor 10

57

Contractor 11

57

Contractor 12

55

Contractor 13

50

Contractor 14

46

Contractor 15

40

Contractor 16

39

Contractor 17

38

Contractor 18

37

Contractor 19

37

Contractor 20

36

*Over 500 contractors are registered for the Better Energy Homes Scheme. The table above lists the top 20 contractors in number of homes completed.

Table 2: Warmth & Wellbeing Scheme and Warmer Homes Scheme Contractor Allocations 2019 (year to date)

Contractor

Warmth & Wellbeing Scheme

Warmer Home Scheme

Total

Contractor 1

24

160

184

Contractor 2

32

143

175

Contractor 3

33

137

170

Contractor 4

19

137

156

Contractor 5

37

110

147

Contractor 6

0

139

139

Contractor 7

20

107

127

Contractor 8

8

118

126

Contractor 9

4

119

123

Contractor 10

13

107

120

Contractor 11

9

105

114

Contractor 12

8

103

111

Contractor 13

0

106

106

Contractor 14

6

92

98

Contractor 15

9

89

98

Contractor 16

25

43

68

Contractor 17

6

58

64

Contractor 18

0

51

51

Contractor 19

17

27

44

Contractor 20

0

40

40

Contractor 21

0

36

36

Contractor 22

0

35

35

Contractor 23

0

30

30

Contractor 24

0

28

28

Contractor 25

0

26

26

Contractor 26

0

25

25

Contractor 27

0

20

20

Contractor 28

6

13

19

Contractor 29

0

17

17

Contractor 30

0

14

14

Contractor 31

0

12

12

Contractor 32

0

12

12

Contractor 33

0

10

10

Contractor 34

0

2

2

Total

276

2271

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