Despite all previous efforts to lift low income households out of fuel poverty, due to energy costs rising faster than the general cost of living, fuel poverty is increasing. As a solution, the South East Wales Energy Agency set out to fully fund external wall insulation plus any other applicable measures to future proof homes against fuel poverty.
This initiative comes from a publication of Managenergy
Two areas in the City of Newport were identified through a city-wide Affordable Warmth Survey as having a high proportion of solid wall properties and households with low incomes, thereby putting them at high risk of fuel poverty.
A total of €4.19 Million was secured
The installation phase commenced in October 2010 and by the time it finished in March 2012 the agency had applied external insulation to 304 private homes, facilitated the fitting of over 100 solar pv systems, replaced 50 inefficient gas boilers, insulated 42 cavity walls and topped-up the insulation in over 100 lofts.
The Welsh Government has announced a new round of Arbed funding. Current carbon reduction schemes are coming to an end, and will be replaced with the new Energy Company Obligation in October 2012. The successful delivery formula adopted in the scheme has enabled the agency to secure further funding to improve another 200 Hardto- Heat homes, which commenced in late August 2012.
South East Wales Energy Agency