EPC Information Seminar held in Dublin
Codema organised an Energy Performance Contracts Information Seminar for local authorities on Thursday 7 November in the Dublin Docklands as part of the EESI2020 project. The seminar was attended by local authority officials, members of Sustainable Energy Agency Ireland (SEAI), Energy Service Companies (ESCOs) and the EESI2020 project partners.
Dublin’s City Manger, Owen Keeganm opened the seminar and addressed the following questions when considering EPC in public buildings:
- How can energy saving projects be implemented without sacrificing value for money?
- Will the cost of transferring risk prove unfeasible?
- Do local authorities such as Dublin City Council (DCC), have the skills and expertise to manage contracts such as EPCs?
- How important is scale in bringing about projects?
- Is the market for providing EPCs sufficiently developed to provide real value for money?
Presentations were given by Sabine Pillar, Berliner Energieagentur GmbH (BEA), Stjohn O’Connor from the Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources (DCENR) and Joe Hayden, Executive Engineer with Codema, followed by a panel discussion on the practical implications of EPC, the experiences of other European cities, and the support mechanisms available for introducing EPC in Ireland.
Joe Hayden, Executive Energy Engineer with Codema, explained:
“In simple terms, EPC adds energy performance criteria to the standard contract for energy services which has a significant impact on financing and risk. EPC can be best summed up as offering an alternative source of finance for efficient energy services at a reduced performance to the user.”