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About South East Energy Agency

Helping to deliver low carbon homes, jobs and enterprise.

Who we are

South East Energy Agency is the Energy Agency for Carlow, Kilkenny, Wexford and Waterford we work in partnership to deliver energy saving projects for the local authorities, communities and individuals in the Southeast. 

As an organisation, our vision is that the Southeast region becomes a leader in sustainable efficient use of locally produced clean energy delivering low carbon homes, jobs and enterprise.

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Our Vision

Our Region is a leader in sustainable efficient use of locally produced clean energy delivering low-carbon homes, jobs and enterprise.

Be Energy Efficient:

A region that encourages and enables its energy consumers to act responsibly.

Use Clean Energy:

A Region that produces surplus local clean energy supply. (a nett positive energy region)

Empower Citizens:

A region that encourages and enables its citizens) to act and participate easily and effectively in the energy transition with rewards for their investment (time, effort, money and actions)

Be Sustainable:

Be Sustainable: A region that is an attractive place to live, work, play and invest.

South East Energy Agency Energy Transition Working In Partnership

Our Mission

South East Energy Agency will play a strategic role regionally, partnering with its members and supporting all stakeholders on their energy transition journey to 2030 and beyond. South East Energy Agency will continue to play a leading role in the region by initiating exemplar local actions, and working in collaboration with our member groups.

Aim 1:

Be the Trusted Intermediary between the citizen and the system.

Aim 2:

Offer support to all citizens, communities and businesses, so that they can become increasingly active participants in navigating the energy transition.

Aim 3:

Partner with actors with similar goals and values, to ensure the achievement of regional targets by 2030.

Aim 4:

Develop and deliver projects which increase aggregation and efficiency at a regional level.

Aim 5:

Reduce and minimise barriers and challenges.

Aim 6:

Prioritise the reduction of fuel poverty and ensure that no section of the community is left behind.

Our Values

We have framed our values in three pairs, as below. Within each pair, we recognise there is a potential tension that needs to be monitored and managed.

South East Energy Agency Ireland Independent And Working In Partnership
We are Independent and Work in Partnership

The South East Energy Agency is an independent entity of its founders at which its members represent the company whilst sitting upon its board. We will do and say what we believe to be necessary to achieve the region’s energy transition and, at the same time, we will work in partnership with others for the benefit of the region.

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We are People-Centred and Evidence-Based

The energy transition needs to work for, make sense for and include all people and all communities. We will help to make the transition no more complicated than necessary and, at the same time, our work is based on evidence (data, research and reflection). We will seek to use our experience and evidence to contribute to continuous improvements in policy and practice.

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We are Innovative and Reliable

At South East Energy Agency, we enjoy innovating and removing barriers and seek to share our innovations widely. We can be trusted to deliver ongoing services reliably to high standards and to be open, honest and accountable for our results.

Our Values

We have framed our values in three pairs, as below. Within each pair, we recognise there is a potential tension that needs to be monitored and managed.

South East Energy Agency Ireland Independent And Working In Partnership
We are Independent and Work in Partnership
South East Energy Agency Irelandpeople Centred And Evidence Based
We are People-Centred and Evidence-Based
South East Energy Agency Innovative And Reliable
We are Innovative and Reliable

The South East Energy Agency is an independent entity of its founders at which its members represent the company whilst sitting upon its board. We will do and say what we believe to be necessary to achieve the region’s energy transition and, at the same time, we will work in partnership with others for the benefit of the region.

The energy transition needs to work for, make sense for and include all people and all communities. We will help to make the transition no more complicated than necessary and, at the same time, our work is based on evidence (data, research and reflection). We will seek to use our experience and evidence to contribute to continuous improvements in policy and practice.

At South East Energy Agency, we enjoy innovating and removing barriers and seek to share our innovations widely. We can be trusted to deliver ongoing services reliably to high standards and to be open, honest and accountable for our results.

Team Members

Senior Management

Paddy Phelan Ceo South East Energy Agency
Ceo

Paddy Phelan

Paddy is CEO of 3cea, President of the Irish BioEnergy Association, Executive Committee of the Irish Wind Farmers Association, Member of the Chambers of Ireland Low Carbon Taskforce, Committee Member of European Biogas Association. A graduate of School of Engineering (BE Civil) UCD in 2000. Board Member of SEAI between 2015-2018 with expertise on Community Energy / technical / entrepreneurship. Part time lecturer in WIT in Sustainable Energy Engineering Level 8 Course – Modules include: Energy Policy & Legislation, Energy Auditing, Building Energy Management and Service Tech Integration for Low Carbon Buildings. Level 9: Energy Auditing Masters Module

20 years engineering post graduate experience. Managing a multi-disciplinary team which has grown from 2 to 16 in 6 short years at the 3 Counties Energy Agency CLG, a not for profit local acting regional energy agency. Paddy has significant experience across all areas of energy, in energy efficiency, energy management and land based renewable/clean technologies. Significant experience in the built environment retrofit process with emphasis on social housing retrofit since 2012 with Carlow, Kilkenny & Wexford Social housing providers in Local Authority and Housing Association sites.

Alex Hamilton Senior Engineery South East Energy Agency Ireland
Senior Engineer

Alex Hamilton

Alex joined 3 Counties Energy Agency in October 2015 after 3-years as an energy engineer with TEA. She hold a First Class Master of Science in Sustainable Energy Engineering from WIT, and an Honours Degree in Civil Engineering (BA, BAI) from Trinity College Dublin. Alex is also a Certified Energy Manager, accredited by the Association of Energy Engineers, and is a Registered Energy Auditor with SEAI.

She is highly experienced in implementing projects in the public, private and community sectors relating to energy efficiency and renewable technologies. Alex specialises in community energy projects and project managing grant funding programmes. She also has vast experience working on EU funded projects.

Alex also works on behalf of SEAI as Partnership Support Mentor (PSM) to public sector bodies and as a Monitoring & Reporting expert, assisting local authorities to meet their statutory obligations in relation to SI 426 of 2014.

Michael Doran Eu Projects Manager South East Energy Agency Ireland
EU Projects Manager

Michael Doran

Michael was appointed as the EU Projects Manager for 3cea in March 2020. Previously he was Managing Director of Action Renewables in Belfast, since April 2009. Michael is an innovative Manager with wide ranging experience across a range of disciplines, including, R&D and EU Technical Projects. He has acted as project leader in an Atlantic Area, ERDF, Interreg project and as a project partner in five other Northern Periphery Interreg projects; he was responsible for the overall programme delivery.

He is a Chartered Surveyor, and is also a Chartered Environmentalist, a qualified Project Manager and a Member of the Institute of Directors. He has been a Director of Bioenergy Europe, the European Biomass Association, since 2014, is a past President of IrBEA, the Irish Bioenergy Association., and is now a Director of IrBEA. He is also a Director of SURE a biomass certification company based in Bonn.

Michael has contributed to many academic and research documents, including EU working groups, OECD publications and the development of RE courses for Universities. He is a skilled and experienced Chair, Facilitator and Speaker for conferences and seminars.

Colin Simpson Housingcommercial Delivery Manager South East Energy Agency Ireland
Housing/Commercial Delivery Manager

Colin Simpson

Colin has been employed in the construction industry as a quantity surveyor and project manager in sectors such as Civil Engineering, Mechanical and Electrical Engineering specializing in BMS control and renewable heating and cooling technologies. General Building, Facilities Management and Property Development.

Colin has worked extensively with Lidl Ireland on the roll out of energy efficient measures to their store network to include lighting and heating control initatives through the use of BMS and data collection and monitoring. The procurement and installation of renewable heating/cooling technology and numerous other mechanical and electrical plant to deliver on the strategic objectives of the Lidl “a better tomorrow programme”.

As a construction professional, Colin has developed Strategic Leadership, Financial, Negotiation, Tendering, Bid Management, Technical and Business Development skills. Colin displays leadership in all his roles and would possess excellent people management and problem-solving skills.

He has recently completed an MSc in Building Surveying in Leeds Beckett University coupled with his MBA have allowed Colin to manage complex projects to an exacting high standard.
He recently won an award from the Sustainable Ecological Engineering Society (SEEDS) for his contribution to the built environment.

20 years engineering post graduate experience. Managing a multi-disciplinary team which has grown from 2 to 16 in 6 short years at the 3 Counties Energy Agency CLG, a not for profit local acting regional energy agency. Paddy has significant experience across all areas of energy, in energy efficiency, energy management and land based renewable/clean technologies. Significant experience in the built environment retrofit process with emphasis on social housing retrofit since 2012 with Carlow, Kilkenny & Wexford Social housing providers in Local Authority and Housing Association sites.

Mari Romulus Marketing & Communications South East Energy Agency Ireland
Marketing & Communications

Mari Romulus

Mari is an experienced digital marketing and communications professional at 3cea, driving energy awareness and energy efficiency initiatives among community groups, citizens, public sector and the general public. She is a creative thinker and experienced on effectively managing events and delivering EU Project Communication activities. She is passionate about content marketing and has a customer centric mind-set with an understanding of customer journey and touch points. She graduated with honors and holds a Master’s degree in Business and Marketing.

She is highly experienced in implementing projects in the public, private and community sectors relating to energy efficiency and renewable technologies. Alex specialises in community energy projects and project managing grant funding programmes. She also has vast experience working on EU funded projects.

Alex also works on behalf of SEAI as Partnership Support Mentor (PSM) to public sector bodies and as a Monitoring & Reporting expert, assisting local authorities to meet their statutory obligations in relation to SI 426 of 2014.

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Office Manager

Bill Lowe

Bill joined South East Energy Agency in December 2019 as the Office Manager. His role is to assist the company with their mission and bring continuous improvement across the organisation including the implementation of ISO9001 in 2022. Bill is currently studying part time for a Distance Learning Masters in Building Surveying. Previously, Bill worked in IT Service Management for 18 years across a broad range of industries most recently for AstraZeneca in China.

Delivery & Executive Team

Breda Maher Grants Administrator South East Energy Agency Ireland
Grants Administrator

Breda Maher

Qualified as a Mechanical Engineer with 5+ years experience in Project Management within the Manufacturing and Construction industries, in particular working in Pharmaceutical and Data centres. Positive ‘can do’ attitude with strong planning and organisational skills, Breda joined 3cea in March 2021. She is experienced in overseeing, coordinating and controlling the undertakings associated with the planning, delivery, commissioning and reporting relating to a wide range of projects. Breda believes firmly in establishing relationships with both clients and colleagues to work more effectively, deliver on and exceed expectations. Focusing mainly on the National Housing Retrofit Scheme (NHR) and Better Energy Communities Programme (BEC) within 3cea.
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Accounts Officer

Denise Kenny

Alex joined 3 Counties Energy Agency in October 2015 after 3-years as an energy engineer with TEA. She hold a First Class Master of Science in Sustainable Energy Engineering from WIT, and an Honours Degree in Civil Engineering (BA, BAI) from Trinity College Dublin. Alex is also a Certified Energy Manager, accredited by the Association of Energy Engineers, and is a Registered Energy Auditor with SEAI.

She is highly experienced in implementing projects in the public, private and community sectors relating to energy efficiency and renewable technologies. Alex specialises in community energy projects and project managing grant funding programmes. She also has vast experience working on EU funded projects.

Alex also works on behalf of SEAI as Partnership Support Mentor (PSM) to public sector bodies and as a Monitoring & Reporting expert, assisting local authorities to meet their statutory obligations in relation to SI 426 of 2014.

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EU Project Officer

Dewi Dimyati-Vliexs

Accomplished project manager and consultant with over 15 years of experience in research and implementation projects related to renewable energy, energy policy, and stakeholder engagement in Europe, Middle East, and Africa (EMEA) and Asia-Pacific regions. Dewi has extensive knowledge of renewable energy and climate change adaptation, hydropower, solar power, wind and marine power, Waste-to-Energy, Biogas, and biofuel.

Dewi has been a leading analyst in a wide range of research and consultancy projects for clients like the World Bank, the European Commission, Asian Development Bank (ADB), and Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA). Her expertise includes planning and design, preparation, and review of complex construction data, monitoring & evaluation, reports & documentation including budget estimation, project test result and schedules. She has diverse government committee membership and industry experience with a focus on policy, decision making, and stakeholders’ engagement.
He is a Chartered Surveyor, and is also a Chartered Environmentalist, a qualified Project Manager and a Member of the Institute of Directors. He has been a Director of Bioenergy Europe, the European Biomass Association, since 2014, is a past President of IrBEA, the Irish Bioenergy Association., and is now a Director of IrBEA. He is also a Director of SURE a biomass certification company based in Bonn.

Michael has contributed to many academic and research documents, including EU working groups, OECD publications and the development of RE courses for Universities. He is a skilled and experienced Chair, Facilitator and Speaker for conferences and seminars.

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EU Project Officer

Ralf Kampe

Ralf is a trained and qualified Architeckt, Diplom Ingenieur (FH), has postgraduate education and professional experience in the energy sector and joined 3CEA in February 2020. As part of the H4.0E team, Ralf is working on small-scale, low-carbon and affordable social housing developments with the Local Authorities and other stakeholder in Ireland and project partners in NortWestEurope. Here the focus is on low carbon building materials and cost reduction by applying innovative digital technologies for design and manufacture, and an EU wide implementation of this H4.0E approach. Ralf graduated from the Bergische Geamthochschule Universität Wuppertal, Germany, in 2000. After some years as an architect in Germany, Ralf worked at BucholzMcEvoy Architects (Dublin), where he gained a lot of experience in detail development, material research and low energy buildings. Back in Germany, Ralf took up further education inf renewable energies and energy assessments in 2009. He then worked in the project and sales team of Senergie GmbH on the implementation of compact CHP units for sewage treatment and biogas plants. Before moving back to Ireland, Ralf switched back to architecture and worked mainly on detail and construction planning, tendering, site inspection. Ralf further enhanced his professional knowledge and skillset in low carbon material, life cycle assessments and energy efficiency, both as participant and Trainer. For Ralf, it is a great motivation and challenge to work on changing habitual behaviours and processes to work towards a future low-carbon society.
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EU Project Communications Officer

Colin Healy

Colin is a recent graduate from UCC’s MSc Innovation in European Business, a Master’s degree that takes place in Cork (UCC), Paris (ISC), and Utrecht (HU). Before transferring to a business post-graduate, Colin studied Biological and Chemical Science through UCC, specialising in Microbiology in his third year.

Colin has experience in Customer service, working as a Customer Service Representative and then a Complaints Manager. He also has strong retail experience working in retail throughout his time in college. During his Master’s, Colin did an internship with Net Feasa, an IoT Communications SME based in Dingle, Co. Kerry. Here Colin worked as a Business Analyst, liaising between Net Feasa and Mol Teic (a Dingle-Based Innovation Hub) and joining several market research teams.

Colin’s interests include Rugby and Theatre having played rugby for 9 years and worked on several theatrical productions across many roles including Production Manager, Director, Stage Manager, Lighting Designer, and Actor. He also served two stints on the UCC Dramat Committee, as an Events and Collaborations Officer and as Vice-Chair/Ex-Officio. Colin also assisted with the organising of the Irish Student Drama Awards in 2018. ISDA is a national competition between college theatre societies, Colin stepped in as the Events Coordinator when Cork hosted it in 2018.

Michael Deen Environmental & Sustainability Officer South East Energy Agency Ireland
Environmental & Sustainability Officer

Michael Deen

Experienced in developing and delivering environmental and sustainability projects in public, private, and community sectors. Michael holds a Master of Science with commendation in Leadership for Sustainable Development from Queens University Belfast, and a First-Class Bachelor of Science in Geography and Environmental Science from the Open University. Michael has experience in creating and delivering communication elements of environmental and sustainability projects, including video & image creation, stakeholder engagement & management, and presenting & public speaking. Michael has a fantastic knowledge of current environmental issues and sustainability more broadly, in addition to his creative abilities, has allowed him to specialise in environmental & sustainability communication. Additionally, he has experience in Corporate Social Responsibility projects, industrial energy efficiency projects, environmental awareness campaigns, and environmental management systems.
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Energy Engineer

Colm O’Mahony

Colm joined 3CEA in June. He is a recent MSc graduate from Waterford Institute of Technology, where he studied Sustainable Energy Engineering. He also holds a BSc (Honours) in Energy Management and a BSc (Ordinary) in Sustainable Building &Renewable Energy from Limerick Institute technology. Colm has experience within the construction industry, supervising in the delivery of bespoke renovations and extensions within the domestic sector. Within the 3CEA, Colm assists in analysing energy consumption across various sectors, generating detailed technical reports for numerous building types.
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Energy Engineer

Johan Muller

Recently graduate of a master’s degree, Johan joined 3CEA in May 2019 after 6 months as intern in the agency. He holds a First-Class Master of Science in Energy Engineering from Grenoble Institute of Technology, France. He is earning experienced in implementing projects in the public, private and community sectors relating to energy efficiency and renewable technologies. Johan also works with local authorities relating to their energy consumption.
Jonah Faulkner Energy Engineer South East Energy Agency Ireland
Energy Engineer

Jonah Faulkner

Jonah joined the 3cea team in May 2021. He currently works on a wide range of projects that provide energy services to Irish communities. These projects include SEC energy master plans, sustainable energy management, energy auditing, energy efficiency & community renewable energy development.

He holds a First Class Master’s degree in Sustainable Resource Management, Policy and Practice which focused on Environmental Management and Sustainable development, he also holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Earth and Ocean Sciences from NUI Galway.

Jonah’s previous work experience has given him a great insight into primary communication and stakeholder management. His previous roles included speaking with landowners, community groups, local councillors, third party consultants and specialists about various renewable energy projects. He has coordinated public engagement and education activities and has also utilised social media, news outlets and websites to share information with the public. He also has experience in technical report writing, summarizing environmental assessments and knowledge of the early stage development of renewable energy projects.

Jonah is dedicated to helping communities reach their full potential, whether they want to complete an energy master plan or develop a community renewable energy generator, Jonah has the skills and knowledge to advise and support communities whenever they require assistance.

Ketan Malik Data Analyst And Management South East Energy Agency Ireland
Data Analyst and Management

Ketan Malik

Ketan is a Qualified Sustainable Energy Engineer with over 2+ years of industry experience. He joined 3CEA in April 2021 as an Energy Analyst. Ketan holds a Master of Engineering Science Degree in Sustainable Energy Engineering from University College Cork. Ketan works with local authorities relating to their energy consumption and management. He is also gaining experience in implementing projects in the public, private and community sectors relating to energy efficiency and renewable technologies.
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Energy Engineer

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Energy Engineer

Stephen McCormick

Energy Manager with over a decade of building & facilities management experience across a range of projects in Ireland and in the Middle East. Stephen has worked on the handover and maintenance of commercial, retail, healthcare, residential and entertainment buildings. He has managed varied aspects of facilities and project delivery from training, procurement, tendering and health & safety to client management and delivery of regulatory guideline requirements. Prior to this Stephen has run a successful retail business and spent time working in the hospitality sector to fund earlier college years in Dublin.

Stephen joined the Southeast Energy Agency in January 2022 after returning to Ireland following a decade in the Middle East. Stephen brings a wealth of project delivery experience and is a keen believer in delivering exacting standards and ensuring the client is kept to the forefront of any works being carried out. He holds degrees in arts and engineering and a master’s in international Relations as well as commercial experience.

In his time in the Southeast Energy Agency thus far, Stephen has been involved energy saving projects across a wide variety of buildings as well as working on local authority initiatives to reduce energy use across Wexford, Waterford, Kilkenny and Carlow.

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Project Delivery Engineer

Michael Kinchella

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Junior Energy Engineer

Mark Treacy

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Events Coordinator

Roisin Cummins

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Junior Energy Engineer

Sai Akhil Bolla

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Training & Development Administrator

Mairead Roche

Board Members

John Carley

Chairman

Lily Slye

Carlow County Council

Martin Rafter

KCLP

Paul Quirke

WIT

Sean McKeown

Kilkenny County Council

Tony Lauhoff

Kilkenny County Council

Carolyne Godkin

Wexford County Council

Pádraig O Gorman

Carlow County Council

Cllr. Ger Carthy

Wexford County Council

Cllr. John Fleming

Wexford County Council

Cllr. Ken Murnane

Carlow County Council

Cllr. Martin Brett

Kilkenny County Council

Dara Lynott

EAI

Eoin Homan

IT Carlow

Cllr. Michael Doran

Carlow County Council

Cllr. Pat Fitzpatrick

Kilkenny County Council

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Irish Solar Energy Council Member South East Energy Agency

County Wexford Chambers South East Energy Agency

Irish Green Building Council Member South East Energy Agency

Irish Energy Storage Association Member South East Energy Agency

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County Carlow Chambers South East Energy Agency

Climate Aliance Member South East Energy Agency

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Irish Bioenergy Association Member South East Energy Agency