Town saves on energy bill

The rise in energy costs is a worry for everyone, especially the elderly.

The rise in energy costs is a worry for everyone, especially the elderly.

Last week in the UK MPs heard that some energy companies there are raising household bills for no reason,

Dundalk has saved €10 million in energy costs through its participation in an international sustainable energy programme.

This EU funded project on sustainable technologies was set up here in Dundalk, in Switzerland and in Austria, It has achieved in excess of €20 million in energy savings, €10 million of which were achieved here in Dundalk.

The HOLISTIC Project (Holistic Optimisation Leading to Integration of Sustainable Technologies In Communities). Yes, that’s the full title, was presented to the international partners at the final project board meeting in Dundalk.

It was hosted by the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI) and Louth County Council.

The three international towns involved in the HOLISTIC project were Dundalk, Neuchatel in Switzerland, Modling in Austria.

The six year project, had a budget of approximately €10 million - over €3m for each community - created over €50m in additional investment and 25 sustainable projects across Europe.

The work in Dundalk involved putting in smart meters and home energy efficiency upgrades to local authority homes, along with efficiency improvements to the Louth County Hospital and O’Fiaich College.

As Cllr Eamon O’Boyle said it was a fantastic project to be involved in and showed that Dundalk can be a leader in energy saving.