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Forest Row Energy Co-operative Ltd 2019

Forest Row Energy Co-op Wins Grant for Energy Advice

Forest Row Energy is happy to announce that we have been selected to receive an £11,000 grant from UK Power Networks’ new Power Partners fund to deliver energy advice throughout Wealden.


The project will focus on helping people on low incomes, single parents, older people and those with disabilities. We will be giving advice on making homes more energy efficient and saving money on energy bills.



We will be developing a mapping system to provide targeted advice, training and energy efficiency to help people in the most deprived and energy inefficient homes in the area. This will include energy advice event where you can get one-to-one advice, distribution of energy advice packs and providing training to people working with our target groups.


Esmé Donghi-Wild, Director of Forest Row Energy said: “We are pleased to work in partnership with UK Power Networks to develop an innovative, replicable approach to help alleviate fuel poverty by targeting help and resources in our local area according to deprivation and energy inefficiency.”


Veronika Karailieva, stakeholder engagement manager for UK Power Networks, said: “We had a fantastic response to our first round of applications for our new Power Partners fund and choosing 16 projects to support was quite a task.


“Forest Row Energy will put the money to excellent use by delivering projects that will make a lasting contribution in providing extra help and support to some of our most vulnerable customers. We already serve at least 1.7 million people living in vulnerable circumstances by providing additional support and advice on energy matters via our Priority Services Register.


We recognise there are wider communities that could benefit from extra help via our Power Partners fund to reduce energy bills or help to make community spaces more energy efficient.”


FRECL is the first ever organisation in East Sussex to receive a share of the new Power Partners fund, worth £300,000 a year in total. The fund is available to community organisations across the South East, London and East of England that give advice to people in fuel poverty to help them reduce their energy bills or make community spaces more energy efficient through insulation, heating or lighting upgrades.


Power Partners is administered in partnership with leading energy justice charity, the Centre for Sustainable Energy. The next round of funding is due to be announced in the summer. For details on how to apply visit: https://www.cse.org.uk/projects/view/1356