Energy Redress Scheme awards £3.9m to charities supporting vulnerable energy consumers

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The 13th round of the Ofgem Energy Industry Voluntary Redress Scheme has awarded more than £3.9 million in grants to 20 charities across England, Scotland and Wales.

With the ongoing energy crisis at the forefront of householders’ minds, grants were awarded for new initiatives that support vulnerable households with energy bills and projects that will help homes reduce their long-term household carbon emissions.

Managed and delivered by Energy Saving Trust, the Ofgem Energy Redress Scheme collects voluntary payments from companies that may have breached Ofgem-administered rules.

The priorities of the Scheme are to support energy consumers in vulnerable situations, develop innovative low carbon products or services and empower consumers to reduce their energy use and carbon emissions.

Graham Ayling, Senior Project Manager for the Energy Redress Scheme commented: “The latest round of grant funding has come at a crucial time, with UK households facing exceptional rises in energy costs, alongside the ongoing climate emergency.

“National and regional charities have a key role on the frontline, particularly in supporting those most at risk from high energy prices and in ensuring that the transition to zero carbon energy happens quickly, sustainably and leaves no-one behind. These funds will support more charities to do just that.”

The latest group of successful charities will receive grants ranging from £42,000 to more than £700,000 to deliver projects lasting up to two years. The 20 charities who have been awarded grants this round, include:

  • Foresight Limited will receive a grant from the small project funding stream. Their project, ‘Making best use of my energy’, sets out to provide qualified, expert energy advice and support currently unavailable to people living with health conditions or impairments and older people residing in East Lindsey, North and North East Lincolnshire to significantly improve their quality of life.
  • Age UK Nottingham and Nottinghamshire will receive a grant from the main fund for its ‘Warm & Wise’-project. Aimed specifically at supporting older energy consumers in vulnerable situations. The project will support around 7,000 households with in-depth, tailored energy advice and free energy saving measures.
  • Hjaltland Housing Association will receive a grant from the innovation funding stream for their ‘Fabric First Retrofit to Timber Kit’-project. This new project will pilot a retrofit solution for difficult to treat timber frame properties. Hjaltland aims to upgrade all their stock and provide energy efficient, low carbon and warm homes for tenants with findings shared nationally for learning.
  • Nottingham Energy Partnership will receive a grant from the Carbon Emissions Reduction Fund for their ‘Conservation Retrofit Catalyst’-project, designed to tackle one of the most significant challenges of reducing carbon emissions from homes and overcoming the specific barriers to retrofitting in conservation areas. Taking place in Nottingham and designed as a replicable model, the pilot project will improve the uptake and quality of retrofit measures for homes constructed before 1919 – which account for  21% of the UK’s housing stock – through an archetype study, retrofit planning and specific retrofit training for tradespeople.

Charities that are registered with the Energy Redress Scheme and have passed the due diligence process can apply to the open rounds.

Further information on the scheme and the application process can be found at the Energy Industry Voluntary Redress Scheme.