Multi-million pound electricity trial begins to support tenants in fuel poverty
Published by Max Salsbury for 24dash.com in Housing and also in Communities
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A £5.49 million energy project is set to begin in London's Tower Hamlets next month to support tenants living in fuel poverty in the borough, following a successful bid by UK Power Networks.
Supported by Tower Hamlets Homes, Poplar HARCA, the Bromley by Bow Centre and a number of other partners, UKPN has been awarded the cash from Ofgem’s Low Carbon Networks Fund to explore how "specific engagement activity" can help fuel poor and vulnerable residents in making savings whilst supporting the electricity distribution network.
The project will offer support to the 550 local fuel poor residents that take part in the project. It is aiming to help tenants achieve sustained energy savings by encouraging their participation in, and raising awareness of energy saving technology and time of use tariffs.
The project, entitled Vulnerable Customers and Energy Efficiency (VCEE), will explore how local residents and communities, social housing providers, electricity suppliers and distribution network operators can work together to understand the requirements and tailor services to help those in need.
Rob Trimble, Bromley by Bow Centre chief executive, said: “We are delighted to be working with local partners, specialist agencies and the energy providers to support hard pressed local people manage their energy consumption and reduce their fuel bills.”
Paul Augarde, Poplar HARCA’s head of creativity and innovation, said: “We are thrilled to be part of this project, which will introduce cutting edge thinking and technology to support the residents who need it most, through close local partnership working.”