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Power Partners to be given up to £20,000 to help energy efficiency

UK Power Networks, the UK’s largest electricity distribution network, has today launched a new £300,000 fund to community organisations offering energy efficiency and money saving advice to the area’s estimated *900,000 households who may be facing a stark choice between heat or eat.

From News & press - 17 January 2019 12:00 AM

The ‘Power Partners’ community investment fund launches ahead of Big Energy Saving Week (starting January 21), and will give up to 40 not-for-profit organisations and community groups sums of between £2,000 to £20,000 to help households across London, the South East and East of England save money by being more energy efficient.

The electricity network wants to support organisations which either give energy efficiency advice to individual households to help them reduce their energy bills or help organisations make community spaces more energy efficient through insulation, heating or lighting upgrades.

Julie Minns, Head of Customer Engagement said: “We provide an essential service to some of the richest and poorest communities in Britain, and over the past few years we have developed our role from simply keeping the lights on, to being a highly respected corporate citizen providing advice and support to over 1.6 million customers in vulnerable circumstances.
“Today’s announcement further enhances the extensive partnership work we already do with community organisations, charities and NGOs to provide extra help and support to our most vulnerable customers.  We would particularly like to support projects that support hard to reach or seldom heard communities or can be replicated and scaled up across the whole of London, the South East and East of England.”
‘Power Partners’ will be administered in partnership with leading energy justice charity the Centre for Sustainable Energy (CSE). 

CSE project manager Ellie Stevens said: "We're delighted that UK Power Networks has chosen us to administer their new grant fund. Power Partners represents a sizeable investment in both the income maximisation of vulnerable households - for example though tariff-switching or the provision of energy advice - and the energy efficiency improvement of community spaces through the installation of insulation, low-energy lighting, solar panels.”

Latest Government *statistics found that 11 per cent of households in England were in fuel poverty and 70% of the UK housing stock have Energy Efficiency Ratings of D or less.

Read more and see how to apply at https://www.cse.org.uk/projects/view/1356