This report was commissioned by Wicklow County Council on behalf of Greystones/Delgany SEC through the SEAI Sustainable Energy Communities (SEC) programme. Greystones/Delgany SEC (G&D) is one of several energy-conscious community groups in County Wicklow that have been accepted into the Sustainable Energy Communities (SEC) Programme, managed by the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI). This Energy Master Plan is part of a three-year, two-way exchange between Greystones/Delgany and the SEAI, to help establish an understanding of the baseline energy consumption and emissions for the local area.
The image below (Figure 1) depicts the area covered by the Greystones/Delgany SEC.
This report will provide the framework upon which a variety of energy related projects can be undertaken. The report is constructed around three main stages
Stage 1: To establish an energy baseline for the Greystones/Delgany area
This is a summary of the different types of energy currently used, and a breakdown of energy demand per sector. This will be compiled through accessing data from National Authority databases (Top-Down), in conjunction with data collected from residents through surveys and energy audits (Bottom-Up).
Stage 2: In-depth understanding of energy use in Greystones/Delgany
To review each of the sectors in more detail to generate a tailored snapshot of energy use in the Greystones/Delgany Community. This will be compiled through accessing data from National Authority databases (Top-Down), in conjunction with data collected from residents through surveys and energy audits (Bottom-Up).
Stage 3: Opportunities for energy efficiency, reduced energy demand and renewables
Identifying the main opportunities for improvement of energy efficiency, reduction of energy demand, as well as the potential for renewables, and alternative options in each sector of the local economy.
The report will assist the community in setting out a roadmap for their energy transition by increasing knowledge of how and where energy is used in the community and suggesting priority energy-saving projects to aid in the reduction of energy usage and CO2 emissions.