East of England benefits from UKPN energy efficiency funding

Sixteen not-for-profit organisations and community groups have been awarded sums of between £2,000 and £20,000 for initiatives that combat fuel poverty, improve the energy efficiency of community spaces or support people in vulnerable circumstances. This support has been granted from Power Partners, a £300,000 per year community investment fund set up by local network operator UK Power Networks (UKPN).

Awards include: £20,000 for Citizen’s Advice, Lowestoft for an energy efficient heating system and LED lighting; £11,000 for Forest Row Energy in Sussex to map fuel poverty and deprivation in the neighbourhood followed by targeted outreach; and £20,000 for a community centre run by Highbury Vale Blackstock Trust for solar panels as part of larger energy efficiency refurbishment.

Round 1 of this year’s fund closed in April. A second round will open in the summer.

Power Partners is administered by the Centre for Sustainable Energy (CSE). Project manager, Ellie Stevens, said: “The grant scheme represents a sizeable investment in both income maximisation of vulnerable households – for example though tariff-switching or the provision of energy advice training – and energy efficiency improvement of community spaces through the installation of measures like insulation and low-energy lighting.”