Ofgem energy redress scheme awards over £2m to charities



The Energy Saving Trust has today revealed 32 new charity-run projects that will receive funding through Ofgem’s Energy Industry Voluntary 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, that 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 Scarf, an accomplished social enterprise, which will provide a comprehensive Home Energy Advice Team service across Dundee city.

All the Scottish charities to receive funding are as follows:

Organisation

Area Covered

Grant request

Applecross Community Company

Highland & Islands

£92,121.07

Blairgowrie + Rattray Development Trust

Perth and Kinross

£99,045.05

Centre for Sustainable Energy

GB-Wide

£150,148.45

Clackmannanshire Citizens Advice Bureau

Clackmannanshire

£74,186.01

Forth Valley Sensory Centre

Forth Valley

£83,915.24

Greener Kirkcaldy

Kirkcaldy

£197,218.20

Linstone Housing Association

Paisley, Linwood + Jonhstone

£47,028.90

REAP

Moray

£73,430.00

Scarf

Dundee

£425,135.00

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 £26m 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 5pm on Wednesday 5 May 2021. There will be between £4-5m 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.



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