The SEC approach follows a 3 step process - Learn, Plan, Do - which provides access to technical experts, funding to hire a consultant to help gather local energy data, ongoing mentoring and guidance, and skills and capacity building.

There are two stages to the SEC Partnership process. The first, Partnership Foundation, is about making a formal commitment to the programme, establishing your SEC’s baseline energy use and identifying year one opportunities. The second stage, Partnership Implementation, follows a 12 month cycle of planning projects, implementing the work and reviewing progress.

Funding available to communities through the SEC Partnership Agreement is split into two stages, and is assessed and disbursed by SEAI, the SEC Programme funder. Stage-1 is for the completion of an Energy Master Plan and Register of Opportunities and Stage-2 relates to utilising a Technical Panel and other financial supports for developing your SEC’s core competencies in order to implement your Work Plan.

If you'd like to start thinking about becoming a SEC, have a look at at Getting Started as a SEC, which gives an overview of things to consider, and is taken from a recent webinar.

If you would like to find out more about the SEC Programme or if your community would like to participate in the SEC Network, please contact Catherine Smyth at [email protected]

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