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Welcome funding boost for Bath energy saving projects

February 7, 2024 by admin in Don in Bath, News with 0 Comments

Liberal Democrat Energy and Climate Change Secretary, Ed Davey has announced that two more community energy schemes in Bath are to benefit from the Local Energy Assessment Fund second round allocations.

In the latest awards Energy Efficient Widcombe has been awarded £44,967. Widcombe, like other parts of Bath, has a high proportion of older houses, which are often considered “difficult to heat” so contractors will first be engaged to carry out a general survey of housing stock in Widcombe. They will then focus on common types of house, including listed buildings, for a more in depth study of a range of potential energy efficiency measures that could be undertaken.

Bath Leading Lights a project run by Bath Preservation Trust was also allocated £14,438. This scheme will showcase an LED installation at the Building of Bath Collection in the Countess of Huntingdon’s chapel, and also fit out a Bath home with LED lights. It will also run associated community engagement activities related to LED lighting and its energy-saving potential.

The project leads on from Bath Preservation Trust’s publication ‘Warmer Bath’ which gives advice to owners of traditional and listed homes about energy conservation, and will tie in with Bath Homes for the Future Open Homes weekend (www.bathhomesfitforthefuture.co.uk) on 17/18 March 2012 run in association with B&NES Council and Transition Bath.

In the first round of allocations, locally owned and run Bath & West Community Energy was one of 80 local energy projects to win funding from the new £10m Local Energy Assessment Fund.

Commenting, Don Foster, MP for Bath said:

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

“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.”

Leader of Energy Efficient Widcombe, Ozzie ffield welcomed the news:

“This is brilliant, for at present there is so much uncertainty as to how energy can be saved in Bath’s old buildings. Energy efficiency can be increased by up to 60% in old homes and this project will enable us to provide Energy Advice Packs to residents in Widcombe who will benefit.”

“We also hope to open dialogue with B&NES on what they will and will not allow in pursuit of their Energy Reduction Targets. We are very grateful to Paddy Doyle and Widcombe Association, and to many others for their support in several ways”

Liberal Democrat Councillor for Widcombe, Ian Gilchrist, added:

“I’m delighted to hear this news of the grant awarded to Energy Efficient Widcombe. It will be a great incentive to Ozzie Ffield, Tim Williamson and the other members of the team to set in train the next phase of their activities to make Widcombe houses more ‘renewable’ in their energy use.

“Thanks are also due to the Widcombe Association for their role in supporting this project.”

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