Seven charities awarded £1.9m to tackle fuel poverty

Charities will receive grants from £49,000 to more than £678,000 for projects designed to support energy justice and cut CO2 emissions

Seven charities tackling energy justice and climate change have been awarded £1.9 million through Ofgem‘s Energy Redress scheme.

The scheme, which is managed by Energy Saving Trust, collects voluntary payments from companies that may have breached Ofgem administered rules.

The funds from the scheme support mainly vulnerable energy customers.

The beneficiaries, including Citizens Advice Denbighshire and Age UK Sheffield will receive grants from £49,000 to more than £678,000 to deliver projects lasting up to two years.

PEC Trust has also secured a grant to deliver a project in partnership with Plymouth City Council to build 40 homes with a net zero carbon emissions standard.

Charles Hargreaves, Ofgem’s Deputy Director of Conduct and Enforcement, said: “Now in its twelfth round, the Energy Redress Scheme directly helps those in hardship to pay their energy bills while going greener too.”

Graham Ayling, Senior Project Manager at Energy Saving Trust, said: “This is a crucial time to fund the work of these charities.

“The support they provide can help those most in need through this especially difficult time. As world leaders meet for COP26, these projects will also be demonstrating some of the things we need to do to ensure a just transition to net zero that leaves no one behind.”

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