New community energy fund launched by Electricity North West
Electricity North West has launched a new £75,000 fund to help communities understand and tackle energy issues locally.
19th November 2018 by Networks
The Powering our Communities Fund is part of Electricity North West’s recently launched Community and Local Energy Strategy which sets out its vision for supporting the growth of community energy to help meet the UK’s target of achieving an 80% reduction in carbon emissions by 2050.
The new strategy and fund was launched on the back of the results of a recent survey which revealed that only two per cent of 1,413 people surveyed in the UK are actively participating in a community energy group, despite 63% admitting they would be interested, if they could save money.
Helen Seagrave, community energy manager for Electricity North West, said: “The energy landscape is rapidly changing and we know that community energy is going to play a vital role in facilitating the transition to a low carbon future for the North West.
“We’re delighted to be launching the Powering our Communities Fund to help support local community energy groups and the great work they do in reducing fuel poverty and providing a greener and smarter energy supply.
“Our recent survey clearly shows that there is an appetite within our region for community energy and we want to make that need a reality.”
Each group can apply for up to £15,000 to engage communities in energy issues and energy efficiency; support vulnerable customers or reduce fuel poverty; or work towards smart low carbon solutions. The deadline for applications is 19 December.
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