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£75k community energy fund up for grabs

Organisations across the North West have the chance to get a slice of £75,000 to help communities understand and tackle energy issues locally.

Organisations across the North West have the chance to get a slice of £75,000 to help communities understand and tackle energy issues locally.

Electricity North West, the region’s power network operator, has launched the Powering Our Communities fund to boost community and local energy schemes.

The fund was launched on the back of a recent survey, which revealed that only two per cent of people are actively participating in a community energy group, despite 63 per cent admitting they would be interested if it could save them money.

Groups 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.

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.”

The deadline for applications is 19 December 2018. For more information, click here.