The government has awarded 132 projects a share of £46million to help reduce fuel poverty, boost energy efficiency and encourage collective switching and purchasing in regions across the UK.
The Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) received an overwhelming response after inviting organisations to bid for money under three competitions, with councils requesting funding for individual projects or regional applications.
The £46million will be allocated in three areas:
- £31 million to help vulnerable householders keep warm this winter
- £10 million to kick start the Green Deal with ‘Pioneer Places’ projects
- £5 million to set up collective switching schemes – ‘Cheaper Energy Together’
Energy Secretary Edward Davey said: “We need to find new ways to help people with their energy bills, working with communities and councils across the country.
“The projects we are funding will help people save energy and save money: helping the most vulnerable to heat their homes, getting the Green Deal market up and running and encouraging people to switch energy suppliers to get their bills down.
“This £46 million will help local councils across England upgrade inefficient heating kit as well as creating demand for and installing insulation under the Green Deal in homes across their local areas.
“Funding will also be used to drive forward collective purchasing and switching initiatives at a local level, helping consumers get a better deal on their energy bills. I am delighted so many organisations want to run new co-operative schemes to help people, especially the fuel poor, to get the best deals in the market.”