Kerry County Council wins Energy Conservation Award

Released: 10 November 2008

Kerry County Council’s efforts at energy conservation were recognised at the Chambers Ireland Excellence in Local Government Awards in Dublin on Thursday evening last.

The Council’s project, aimed at improving efficiencies and power generation in the Water Services Department, captured Chambers Ireland’s inaugural Energy Conservation Award, which was presented by the Minister for Environment, Heritage and Local Government, John Gormley TD.

With Kerry County Council’s Water Services Department accounting for over 60% of Council expenditure on electricity, the project focussed on improving efficiencies and reducing electricity costs, Willie Moynihan, Kerry County Council’s Energy Officer explained.

“Pumping of water constitutes the majority of the electrical demand, so Kerry County Council’s Energy Office implemented a programme of works, including the installation of high-efficiency pumps and motors, which greatly reduce the demand on electricity.

“In addition, a 250kW hydro-electric generator has been installed at the Lough Guitane pump station in 2001. The electricity generated through this has been used in the Central Regional Water Supply Scheme Pumping Station, and since 2001, it has generated over €600,000 of electricity.”

The Energy Office is continuing to examine further ways of reducing electricity demand within Kerry County Council, not only within the Water Services Department, but throughout the organisation.

According to County Manager Tom Curran, the Chambers Ireland Award shows how projects like Kerry County Council’s can be adopted by other Local Authorities.

“Like any other organisation, the need to reduce our energy costs is vital, given the uncertainty surrounding oil and gas prices, and the current economic climate,” he said.

“Kerry County Council has taken proactive steps to reduce its energy costs through this and other projects. The work carried out by Willie Moynihan and Adam Stack in the Energy Office has returned significant financial savings to the Council, and it is terrific that Chambers Ireland has recognised their efforts.”

Kerry County Council, Co. Buildings, Rathass, Tralee

Phone: (066) 718 3500     Email: info@kerrycoco.ie

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