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Environmental charity becomes a Power Partner to help 150 Huntingdon families

A local sustainability charity will offer vulnerable Huntingdon residents a stay-at-home energy advice service thanks to a £19,000 grant from UK Power Networks’ new Power Partners fund.

From Press releases - 23 May 2019 12:00 AM

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Peterborough Environment City Trust (PECT) seeks to raise awareness of green issues within communities and its work includes energy efficiency projects and the delivery of energy advice sessions.

Over the past two years, PECT has provided energy advice such as tariff switching to more than a thousand households with its projects aimed at helping vulnerable people in fuel poverty.

PECT will now partner with Luminus Group to provide vulnerable households in Huntingdon with free home energy advice and support to help residents save household energy and cut costs.

Luminus is a housing provider with more than 7,500 homes. As well as providing high quality affordable homes, Luminus offers particular support to people who are vulnerable.

A PECT energy advisor will offer home visits to tenants with advice and practical help such as the fitting of energy efficient bulbs and radiator reflective panels. They will assess each tenant’s energy needs with tailored advice and guidance on staying warm while reducing their costs.

Help will be provided to disadvantaged areas of Huntingdon with a focus on around 150 families with young children and single parents, as well as the unemployed and other vulnerable people.

UK Power Networks, the country’s largest electricity distribution network, is awarding over a quarter of a million pounds’ worth of funding to help boost energy efficiency within local communities.

Launched earlier this year, the power company’s Power Partners community investment fund aims to support organisations that work to alleviate fuel poverty, support people in vulnerable circumstances and make community buildings warmer and cheaper to heat.
 
The fund, which is administered in partnership with leading energy justice charity the Centre for Sustainable Energy (CSE) has selected 16 recipients from across UK Power Networks’ distribution area of the East and South East of England and London.

This first-ever round of funding with see £254,452 worth of grants distributed to recipients that include charities, community groups, and associations that promote energy efficiency.

Carly Leonard, Chief Executive Officer of PECT, said: “Thanks to the funding received from UK Power Networks, we’re now able to extend our home energy advice service to households in Huntingdon, enabling us to reach an even greater number of residents to offer advice and help to those most in need.

“We will offer tailored advice to help them stay warm, reduce their energy costs and maximise their income through making simple behavioural changes and helping them to switch energy tariff as appropriate.”

Veronika Karailieva, stakeholder engagement manager for UK Power Networks, said: “We had a fantastic response to our first round of applications for our new Power Partners fund and choosing 16 projects to support was quite a task.
 
“PECT will put the money to excellent use by delivering projects that will make a lasting contribution in providing extra help and support to some  of our most vulnerable customers. We already serve at least 1.7 million people living in vulnerable circumstances by providing additional support and advice on energy matters via our Priority Services Register.

“We recognise there are wider communities that could benefit from extra help via our Power Partners fund to reduce energy bills or help to make community spaces more energy efficient.”
Katie Hartshorn, Luminus Customer Experience Manager said: “This is a great partnership opportunity to tackle fuel poverty and promote energy efficiency. We are looking forward to the project making a difference to our residents.”
The UK Power Networks’ Power Partners scheme will reopen for more applications later this year. Visit the Centre for Sustainable Energy (CSE) website for updates: https://www.cse.org.uk/projects/view/1356