A new community project providing jobs and training that will help Nottingham residents who live in fuel poverty, kicks off this week. The Energy Assessors scheme is the latest project supporting E.ON’s low carbon partnership with Nottingham.
E.ON is working with Nottingham Energy Partnership and Elmfield Training on its Energy Assessors scheme. It will create 15 jobs unemployed local people and give them the chance to develop valuable skills and knowledge while also identifying and helping local residents who may be living in fuel poverty.
The Energy Assessors have been recruited through the Route 2 Employment job creation scheme in conjunction with Nottingham City Council. It is hoped they will carry out more than 4,000 home assessments in the coming months, giving residents energy efficiency advice and directing them to a range of resources to help them including financial assistance and impartial advice help lines.
As part of the assessment scheme, E.ON energy customers will be assessed to see if they’re eligible for a Warm Home Discount rebate, which gives those suffering fuel poverty help towards their gas and electricity bills.
The project links with the efforts of city councillors and the community support team who are determined to make sure that everyone who is eligible receives the rebate.
Michael Woodhead, Managing Director of E.ON’s Sustainable Energy business, said: “In these difficult times, it’s essential that companies, councils and the community come together to help tackle people’s concerns about energy head-on and face-to-face.
“We’re pleased to be working with like-minded partners in Nottingham who can help us deliver this as part of our partnership with the city.”
Councillor Alan Clark, Nottingham City Council Portfolio Holder for Energy and Sustainability said: “This is a hugely significant scheme for Nottingham to help raise the quality of life for city residents by improving energy efficiency in homes, reducing fuel bills and helping the environment.”
Miranda Cumberbatch of Nottingham Energy Partnership, said: “We’re delighted to be working with E.ON to mentor and manage the energy assessors. For many of them, this is their first job and we’re here to help and support them make the most of the opportunity.
“This builds on the work we’ve been doing to help people in Nottingham cut their energy costs and we’re pleased to be part of this exciting initiative, which has also allowed us to recruit a new community manager at NEP.”
E.ON is working with skills company Elmfield Training and five local authorities – Nottingham, Knowsley, Stoke-on-Trent, Birmingham and Coventry – to recruit and train 75 energy assessors throughout the UK to offer help and advice to those facing fuel poverty.
Notes to editors:
Fuel poverty is defined as any household that needs to spend 10% or more of its income on energy. NEA - the UK's leading fuel poverty charity - estimates that some 5.4 million UK households are in fuel poverty.
• 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;
• E.ON is one of the UK’s leading power and gas companies, and has around 5 million electricity and gas customers, covering domestic, SME and industrial;
• E.ON has formed Sustainable City partnerships with a number of cities in the UK to help reduce energy consumption and carbon emissions across entire communities whilst also stimulating local economies and jobs through energy efficiency measures and smart technologies.
• NEP works with partner agencies with the aim of alleviating fuel poverty and educating the public about energy efficiency, ensuring that those most in need achieve affordable warmth and a better quality of life.
• For further details visit http://www.nottenergy.com/
• A fuel-poor household is defined as one needing to spend more than 10% of household income to achieve a satisfactory and healthy heating regime.
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