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Welcome funding boost for Bath energy saving project

January 18, 2024 by admin in Don in Bath, News

Liberal Democrat Energy and Climate Change Secretary, Chris Huhne has announced that Bath & West Community Energy (BWCE) in Bath will be receiving £30,825 from the first £4m allocation from the Local Energy Assessment Fund.

Locally owned and run BWCE is one of the first of around 80 local energy projects to win funding from the new £10m Local Energy Assessment Fund.

The money will be used by BWCE to engage local, professional energy specialists who will survey five local schools, Ralph Allen, Oldfield, Newbridge, Bathford, and Colerne primary schools. They will suggest ways of improving energy efficiency and how any improvements could be financed. Using the schools as a base, they will also recruit and train community ‘energy champions’. These champions will work with pupils, their families and the school community to find practical and effective ways to reduce energy in their homes.

Commenting, Don Foster, MP for Bath said:

“At a time when people are worried about rising energy bills, this funding is a welcome boost to help people save energy and keep costs down.

“Projects like that of BWCE’s show people that going green is realistic, practical and will help them save money in ways that work in our area.

“Local communities will be put at the heart of the UK’s effort to rise to the enormous challenge to get clean and cheap energy on our efforts to halt climate change and to end our reliance on erratic market of imported oil and gas.”

Lib Dem Councillor David Martin, B&NES Council Energy and Climate Change Champion, welcomed the news:

“The BWCE initiative for improving energy efficiency is an excellent means of stimulating real interest and enthusiasm amongst school children in B&NES.

“In the schools involved it will help raise awareness and encourage actions by pupils, their families and the whole school community to carry out practical and sensible energy savings measures.

As a local school governor I look forward to seeing the benefits of this project taken forward to other schools in B&NES as well”.

Commenting further, Chris Huhne said:

“We face a gigantic challenge in the coming years to keep the lights on and energy bills down. This means nurturing cleaner, more secure, homegrown energy sources here in the UK so we are not so dependent on imported gas, and boosting the energy efficiency of our homes and businesses to cut out waste.

“Local communities, with their energy, drive and innovation, are going to be at the heart of this effort, and I hope that this funding acts as a booster rocket to the winning projects.”