From the early 1990s local and regional energy agencies were set up across Europe with the financial support of the European Commission under its PERU, SAVE and SAVE II Programmes. In Northern Ireland support came from DETI's predecessor DED and local councils, to form three local Energy Agencies.
In April 2007 the Northern Ireland Energy Agency replaced the three previous local energy agencies and was offically launched on Monday 22nd October 2007 in the Long Gallery, Stormont Buildings. In April 2011, the Agency rebranded as Bryson Energy.
Bryson Energy is a member of the Bryson Charitable Group and operated in partnership with Fermanagh District Council & Derry City Council
Energy Agencies support the introduction of good energy management practices, advocate the concept of sustainability, provide information and guidance, and offer a number of other local services based on specific local energy needs. They operate impartially on both energy demand and supply issues. There are approximately 380 energy agencies throughout Europe.