BHESCo have been awarded £2,500 from Brighton Energy Co-op’s Community Fund to help reduce levels of fuel poverty in the city. The aim of the fund is to support either renewable electricity generation or energy efficiency measures. They have asked BHESCo to deliver free home energy surveys and implement measures for some of the city’s most vulnerable residents.

BHESCo have already completed over 200 free energy surveys around Brighton as part of a ‘Warmth For Wellbeing’ programme, making homes warmer and more comfortable while also reducing monthly energy bills for those who may struggle to keep up.

But with over 15,000 households in the area identified as suffering from fuel poverty, there is still a great deal of work to be done.

BHESCo’s CEO Kayla Ente said.

“We are grateful to Brighton Energy Co-operative for this opportunity to extend our work to more people in our city who are living in cold homes. We will do our best to reach as many people as possible with the funding they have made available for this vital work.”

Brighton Energy Co-op’s Community Fund is paid for by the Feed in Tariffs on BEC’s existing systems and by donations from members.

energybillof-rightOn Monday, 27 October, Fuel Poverty Action launched their Energy Bill of Rights in Parliament to the acclaim of MPs and community groups.

BHESCo have pledged our support for the bill which campaigns for an affordable renewable energy system owned by the community, read the blog post on our website.

The launch in Parliament will be a chance for people to share their stories of when their rights to energy have been violated, listen to others stories’, share victories, and talk together about how we can put the Energy Bill of Rights into practice.  BHESCo spoke about the important contribution that Community Energy Groups can make to securing a safe, clean and secure energy future, reviewing all the different options available for energy generation, inlcuding wind, solar, biomass, biofuels, tidal and wave energy.

Contact Fuel Poverty Action (fuelpovertyaction@gmail.com) to sign up to the Energy Bill of Rights and join the Facebook event here.  

Please contact your MP to support Early Day Motion number 395 that was put forward by Caroline Lucas, our local MP.

 


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