Midlands CESP projects

E.ON delivers energy savings to Midlands communities with residential low carbon technologies

Midlands CESPE.ON today (TUESDAY) announced a trio of residential energy schemes at communities in Leicester, Wolverhampton and Dudley, as part of its Community Energy Saving Programme (CESP) commitments. The move, which sees E.ON working with local councils in each area, will benefit over 1,500 homes in the Midlands region, helping councils and housing authorities reduce energy, access funds and benefit from low carbon technologies.

The largest of the three schemes will help a total of 790 social tenants and 250 private homeowners in Leicester. Solar PV installations have been fitted to 400 homes, generating 40,000kwh of energy and saving residents around £120 on their energy bills per year1. Further carbon reductions will be made through a range of measures including newly fitted insulation and residents can get assistance from a dedicated on-site community liaison officer.

A £1.4m programme of improvements to homes in Dudley has been implemented by E.ON as part of a drive to improve efficiency standards and reduce fuel bills for council tenants. This includes replacing G-rated boilers with new A-rated boilers and installing external wall insulation to all 211 properties. Significant glazing upgrades have also been made, alongside additional loft insulation where required in the community. The measures will reduce carbon emissions and save as much as £4762 per year for local families.

The third scheme, based on £6m of funding centred on the St Chads area of Wolverhampton, will see 300 homes receive solar PV panels, allowing residents of both private and council properties to generate their own power. This follows the fitting of solid wall insulation to make the homes more energy efficient.

Thomas Buss, Head of Microgeneration at E.ON, said: “We’re thrilled to announce the latest of our residential energy schemes which will benefit a large number of homes across the Midlands region. We work very closely with councils throughout the country to fund and deliver community energy programmes in areas that are in most need of assistance, making significant carbon savings and reducing energy bills for local households.

“Our work with councils and local housing authorities in Leicester, Dudley and Wolverhampton will help families to lead more sustainable lives whilst contributing to a lower carbon footprint for each area.”

Councillor Peter Bilson, Wolverhampton City Council Cabinet Member for Economic Regeneration and Prosperity, said: “We are delighted to enter into this partnership scheme that will help some of the poorest people in our city. These improvements will help provide residents with warmer homes, cheaper fuel bills during the tough economic climate and assist us in achieving our targets for cutting carbon emissions.

“It is also an excellent example of partnership working between the public and private sectors for the benefit of Wolverhampton people.”

In January, E.ON launched its Reset Review which is designed to examine every aspect of E.ON's relationship with its customers – from tariffs and bills to how customers pay, how products are sold and how support is offered. For further information, details of the improvements made to date or to join customers already on the YourSay panel, please visit eonenergy.com/reset.

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Notes to editors:
1. Figures based on the installation of a 1.88kW to 2.35kW solar photovoltaic system fitted to a south-facing roof exposed to average UK weather conditions on an assumed tariff rate of 13.3p/kWh.

2. Figures sourced from Energy Saving Trust. Figures based on 3 bed semi detached . Loft insulation increased from 50mm to 250mm

• E.ON is one of the UK's leading power and gas companies - generating electricity, retailing power and gas, developing gas storage and undertaking gas and oil exploration and production. It is part of the E.ON group, one of the world's largest investor-owned power and gas companies. E.ON employs around 12,000 people in the UK and more than 79,000 worldwide;
• In the UK, E.ON supplies power and gas to around five million domestic, small and medium-sized enterprise and industrial customers – meaning the company has to buy approximately 122.7 billion kWh of power and gas each year to meet their needs. E.ON also offers innovative energy services and technologies tailored to meet its customers' needs, and is helping customers become energy fit by encouraging them to insulate their homes, moderate their energy usage and even generate their own power;
• In an industry first, E.ON has launched its Reset Review - a process that will examine every aspect of E.ON's relationship with its customers. It will look at tariffs and bills, at how customers pay, at how products are sold, and how support is offered to customers. To do this E.ON will work with its independent Customer Council, directly with its customers and engage with consumer advocacy groups and other interested parties to undertake the Reset Review. As a result, E.ON will put customers back in control of their energy, which will be simply communicated and transparently fair;
• E.ON's generation portfolio includes world-class gas-, coal- and oil-fired power stations. E.ON is a market leader in combined heat and power (CHP), and is one of the UK's leading green generators with 20 wind farms and the UK's first wave power generator, with another 1,500MW of renewable capacity under development;
• One of the many ways E.ON leads the energy industry is through its commitment to market liquidity and transparency as evidenced by its actions on the day-ahead UK power markets including the N2EX auction. E.ON was the first company to sign a gross-bidding agreement with N2EX and leads the market with a volume equivalent to some 50% of E.ON UK’s generation activity being traded so far this year.

Notes for editors:

• E.ON is one of the UK’s leading power and gas companies – generating electricity, and retailing power and gas – and is part of the E.ON group, one of the world's largest investor-owned power and gas companies. We employ around 12,000 people in the UK and more than 85,000 worldwide;
• E.ON’s Energy Solutions business supplies power and gas to over 5 million domestic, small and medium-sized enterprise and industrial customers across the country. With customers at its heart, Energy Solutions also offers innovative energy services and technologies tailored to meet its customers’ needs. The business is designed to help customers become energy fit by encouraging them to insulate their homes, moderate their energy usage and even to generate their own power through microgeneration systems such as ground source heat pumps and solar panels for both homes and businesses.

• E.ON launched its Sustainable Energy business in 2007, providing low carbon energy solutions to businesses;
• E.ON is an MCS approved installer and one of only two energy providers accredited under the Government’s Low Carbon Building Programme Phase 2 which aims to reduce carbon emissions from buildings in the public and charity sector;
• For information on E.ON’s Sustainable Energy business visit www.eonenergy.com/sustainable or call free on 0800 051 5687.

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