National Energy Services Framework
SEAI, on behalf of the Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources (DCENR) has developed a National Energy Services Framework to help develop the energy efficiency market in the non-domestic sector throughout Ireland. Following the commitment in the National Energy Efficiency Action Plan (NEEAP) and the Programme for Government 2011-2016, this National Energy Services Framework sets out the current roadmap through which energy efficiency projects and an Energy Contracting process is developed.
This National Energy Services Framework explains the process and provides guidance on routes to project development, together with sources of finance and the support available from SEAI to help develop projects in the public and commercial sector. The key aim of the Framework is to encourage the development of robust projects which are investment-ready for financing entities (such as the National Energy Efficiency Fund).
The Framework essentially consists of four elements, as shown here:
The key aim of the Framework is to encourage the development of robust projects which are investment-ready for financing entities (such as the National Energy Efficiency Fund).
The pipeline of projects supported under the framework will stimulate the development of an Energy Services Company (ESCO) market, consisting of small, medium and large ESCOs, thereby supporting sustainable employment in construction and professional services. SEAI is supporting the development of the ESCO market through a series of consultation workshops, events and other supports.
SEAI provides initial project support for the very early stages through its existing programmes including Energy MAP; Advice Mentoring and Assessment; the Large Industry Energy Network; Energy Agreements and Public Sector Partnerships.
Project Assistance Grants for Energy Saving Projects is available for organisations and projects to help determine the best route for project development and to procure projects on the basis of energy contracting.
The Exemplar programme is developing demonstration projects to test and provide feedback on the approach, tools and structures, and offers examples of projects in action. See Support, Guidance and Documentation for more information on SEAIs supports.
The Government has committed up to €35 million for investment in the Energy Efficiency Fund with a view to establishing a fund of over €70 million when matched with investment from the private sector.
Other potential sources of funding include retail banks, the European Investment Bank and other clean-tech funds. For more information on the fund, see The Energy Efficiency Fund or contact SDCL (the Fund Managers) at www.sdcl-ib.com