Thursday, 5 December 2019

Ceisteanna (312)

Róisín Shortall

Ceist:

312. Deputy Róisín Shortall asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment the funding allocations to each community-based organisation, CBO, in each of the past three years and in 2019 for the purpose of carrying out energy efficiency retrofits on the homes of persons on low incomes; the number of homes which were upgraded by each CBO; and his plans in respect the continuation of the work. [50862/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar 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 Warmer Homes Scheme is delivered through a panel of contractors, appointed through a competitive tendering process. Some contractors have tendered to deliver all measures available under the scheme and others are only tendered to carry out shallow measures.

A number of Community Based Organisations (CBOs) are contracted to deliver shallow measures only. Therefore SEAI introduced strategic partnerships for those CBOs to allow them to gain experience on retrofitting deeper homes referrals. This involved certain CBOs partnering with other contractors, to deliver deeper homes. This has allowed those CBOs who are only contracted to deliver shallow measures to gain more experience in deeper measures and also to financially benefit from their work on these homes, even though the allocation has not been specifically made to them. Therefore the figures provided in the following table do not reflect the full payments made to CBOs in 2018 and 2019, since strategic partnerships were introduced. SEAI estimate an additional €1 million - €1.5 million in payments were made to CBOs which are not reflected in the following table.

The following table outlines the number of homes and the amount allocated directly to CBOs in 2016 - 2019 YTD. The payments include VAT at 13.5%.

CBO

2016 total homes

2016 total spend

2017 total home

2017 total spend

2018 total homes

2018 total spend

2019 YTD total home

2019 YTD total spend

Total Homes

Total Spend

CBO1

405

€613,609

356

€619,153

170

€354,485

14

€68,554

945

€1,655,800

CBO2

213

€689,615

213

€689,741

184

€654,685

56

€316,457

666

€2,350,499

CBO3

207

€488,203

185

€492,240

119

€1,333,003

137

€2,429,143

648

€4,742,589

CBO4

184

€497,373

174

€507,708

156

€505,512

27

€128,958

541

€1,639,550

CBO5

151

€410,515

132

€396,205

86

€273,570

33

€153,029

402

€1,233,320

CBO6

130

€416,629

114

€373,430

61

€226,037

31

€132,584

336

€1,148,680

CBO7

93

€279,090

80

€244,285

58

€571,885

36

€512,077

267

€1,607,337

CBO8

73

€219,325

78

€213,946

61

€169,719

17

€83,152

229

€686,142

CBO9

78

€166,117

60

€131,481

50

€129,057

14

€66,302

202

€492,958

CBO10

84

€242,419

54

€185,904

42

€128,079

20

€96,275

200

€652,678

CBO11

80

€158,271

52

€113,085

31

€100,950

12

€72,879

175

€445,185

CBO12

72

€171,877

48

€134,297

31

€103,281

16

€50,915

167

€460,370

CBO13

-

-

-

-

-

-

2

€5,961

14

€40,325

Total

6,884

€17,646,694

6,894

€26,205,073

5,720

€43,456,525

2,898

€40,210,852

22,396

€127,519,144

SEAI will be renewing its contract with Warmer Homes Scheme contractors in 2020, which will require all contractors to be able to deliver all measures, deeper and shallow. SEAI is encouraging all CBOs to apply for this contract and has been working with CBOs over the past year supporting them in up-skilling and gaining experience to help ensure they can compete for the 2020 contract and that their organisations remain viable.

A budget of €52.8 million has been allocated to the Scheme for 2020. This represents the biggest ever budget for the Warmer Homes Scheme – more than double the initial allocation for 2019.