Written Answers - Energy Conservation.

Tuesday, 24 February 2009

Dáil Eireann Debate
Vol. 675 No. 4

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  392.  Deputy Jack Wall  Information on Jack Wall  Zoom on Jack Wall   asked the Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources  Information on Eamon Ryan  Zoom on Eamon Ryan   the way a community group can apply to Sustainable Energy Ireland to register its interest in taking part in the warmer homes scheme; the number and location of community based organisations currently involved in the scheme; the way the scheme is administered; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [7550/09]

Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources (Deputy Eamon Ryan): Information on Eamon Ryan  Zoom on Eamon Ryan  The Warmer Homes Scheme (WHS) provides funding to Community Based Organisations for the installation of energy efficiency measures including cavity wall insulation, attic insulation, boiler lagging jackets, draught proofing measures and energy efficient lighting in low income dwellings in their respective geographic areas. Advice is also provided to householders on minimising energy use. The WHS provides these measures free or at a nominal cost to the householder. In the last number of years over 20,000 homes have been substantially upgraded by the WHS. In 2009, some €20 million has been made available to the scheme. This greatly increased level of funding is expected to support energy efficiency interventions in up to 15,000 low income homes this year.

As shown in the following table, there are 21 community based organisations, currently delivering the WHS, which represents coverage of just over two-thirds of the country. Under an initiative to extend the scheme nationwide in 2009, Sustainable Energy Ireland (SEI) plans to commence the introduction of additional community based organisations to the scheme from the end of March 2009. In the interim, SEI is accepting contact details for householders outside of existing coverage and will notify applicants as the scheme becomes available in their area.

A call for proposals by additional community based organisations is expected at the end of March 2009 and will be published on the SEI website at www.sei.ie/warmerhomes. Expressions of interest can be emailed to warmerhomes@sei.ie. The expression of interest should contain the contact details of the organisation, the proposed area of coverage, the number of staff and [270]the source of the staff places such as Pobail, or FÁS. A full list of existing providers and the areas covered is outlined in the following table:

Organisation Area Covered Phone
Action Inishowen North East Donegal 074-9374529
CAMCAS Cavan 049-4372812
CHIP Dublin and greater Dublin area, including some parts of Louth, Meath, Westmeath, Kildare and Wicklow 01-4670344
Clar ICH Claremorris (Mayo) and surrounding areas 094-9371830
County Leitrim Partnership County Leitrim 071-9641740
Cumas Teo Part of West Galway, not including Galway City 091-574378
Cunamh Kerry 066-7122872
Energy Action Dublin and surrounding areas. 01-4545464
IRD Duhallow North Cork, South Limerick 029-60633
Longford Warmer Homes Scheme Longford 043 93255
Mid-South Roscommon Rural Development Company Ltd South Roscommon 090-6488843
MFG West Donegal 074-9532385
Moy Valley Resources Ballina and surrounding areas. 096-70905
Mureas North Roscommon 090-6629949
Rural Community Care Network Not yet operational 063-21010
Rural Resource Development County Clare 061-361144
SAFE — Northside Community Enterprise Cork, Waterford and South Tipperary 021-4228101 or
021 4307045 or
021 4307282
Sligo Partnership Sligo 071 91 41138
Southill Community Services Limerick City and surrounding area 061-415340
West Cork Community Partnership West Cork 027-52266
Wexford Area Partnership County Wexford 053-9155800

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