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Energy Redress Scheme awards over £2 million to charities

THE ENERGY SAVING TRUST has announced that 32 new charity-run projects will receive funding through the Energy Industry Voluntary Redress Scheme (Energy Redress Scheme).

Each project will help lift households out of fuel poverty and enable them to transition to a low carbon future.

The scheme, which is managed and delivered by Energy Saving Trust on behalf of Ofgem, distributes voluntary payments from Ofgem regulated companies that may have breached rules.

Round 10 of the scheme and the new Carbon Emissions Reduction Fund, which launched in February 2021, have now closed and will see £6.1 million in total distributed across the successful projects.

Thousands of vulnerable households are set to benefit from access to high-quality financial advice and support on energy-saving and renewable energy measures. The proposed grant recipients include:

  • Rhondda Cynon Taf Citizens Advice, whose ‘Empowered’ project will provide free social welfare and energy advice, casework and support to vulnerable households across Rhondda Cynon Taf.
  • National Energy Foundation, who are creating an innovative collaboration project to help homeowners transform the energy performance of their homes with the help of retrofit coordinators.

More information on the successful charities can be found on the Energy Redress Scheme website: energyredress.org.uk

Charles Hargreaves, Ofgem’s Deputy Director of Conduct and Enforcement, said: “At a time when so many face hardships, this funding will make a direct difference to the lives of consumers who are struggling to pay energy bills – and help households save energy by going greener too.”

Since the Energy Redress Scheme launched in 2018, Energy Saving Trust has awarded over £26 million to fund over 150 charities across England, Scotland and Wales.

The next round of Energy Redress Scheme funding will open on Tuesday 6 April 2021 and will close to applications at 5 pm on Wednesday 5 May 2021. There will be between £4-5 million available to fund new projects.

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

Further information on the scheme and the application process can be found online at energyredress.org.uk