Energy Impact Awards 2017 – Winners

NEA and British Gas announce Energy Impact Award winners 2017-18

NEA and British Gas would like to congratulate our winners of the Energy Impact Awards 2017-18

First Prize: Citizens Advice Derbyshire Districts

The winner of the first prize in this year’s awards is Citizens Advice Derbyshire Districts. Their project “Wheels to Warmth” will target energy advice and support to people in the most rural and isolated communities in Derbyshire. In partnership with the Mobile Library service they will provide advice directly to hamlets and small villages that suffer from rural isolation and lack of access to services including broadband, transport and gas. They will also provide information, training and support to frontline workers to help them provide help and advice around energy and tackling fuel poverty. The project will be delivered across the High Peak and Derbyshire Dales in Derbyshire. There are 8,043 homes that face fuel poverty in these two districts, many of them in the most rurally isolated districts. They are the two districts that have the highest levels fuel poverty in Derbyshire, hampered by the rurality, lack of transport and broadband as well as being off-gas.

Runner -up: National Energy Foundation

Our runner-up is National Energy Foundation. Their “Better Housing, Better Health” project aims to reduce the health impacts of cold and damp housing and improve health and well-being for those living with a cardiovascular disease or respiratory illness. Cold homes cost the NHS in England £1.36 billion every year in hospital and primary care and are particularly associated with respiratory problems and heart-attacks. Through Better Housing, Better Health they aim to prevent ill health and reduce pressure on NHS services by making homes warmer and healthier places to live. They do this through offering practical energy saving advice, income maximisation services and grant-funding for energy efficiency improvements.

Third prize: Bridgend County Borough Council

The third prize winner is Bridgend County Borough Council and their Caerau Minewater Heat Project.  This scheme is being developed to serve the village of Caerau in the Llynfi Valley.  Caerau is an area that suffers extreme fuel poverty. BCBC has engaged in several energy retrofit projects in the area to improve the energy efficiency of the properties and reduce fuel bills but these alone have failed to address the problem of fuel poverty. The Caerau Minewater Heat Scheme contributes to carbon emission reduction targets and provides a high level of energy security for Caerau, reducing the community’s dependence upon fossil fuels. The aim is to create a heat network within the village which would utilise heat from water contained within the old mine workings from the former Caerau Colliery.  The scheme will operate by pumping water from the former mine workings and distribute this water through a network of pipes to the individual properties within the village.  Within each home a heat exchanger will remove heat from the water and utilising a heat pump boost the temperature of the home to the required level.

NEA and British Gas would like to thank everyone that applied for this year’s awards. Competition was tough with more than excellent 80 applications. Our winner and runner-up will both attend the NEA Annual Conference in Nottingham in September whilst our third prize winners will be attending and exhibiting at the NEA Cymru conference 2018.

Published on 18-07-2017
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