Energy Redress Scheme awards over £2 million to 32 charities supporting vulnerable energy customers

The Energy Saving Trust has recently announced that 32 new charity-run projects will receive funding through the Energy Industry Voluntary Redress Scheme (Energy Redress Scheme). Each project will help lift households out of fuel poverty and enable them to transition to a low carbon future.

The scheme, which is managed and delivered by Energy Saving Trust on behalf of Ofgem, distributes voluntary payments from Ofgem regulated companies that may have breached rules. Round 10 of the scheme and the new Carbon Emissions Reduction Fund, which launched in February 2021, have now closed and will see £6.1 million in total distributed across the successful projects.

The list of successful projects can be found on the Energy Saving Trust website.

Projects awarded a grant in Round 10 of the Energy Redress Scheme include:

o The Centre for Sustainable Energy (West of England (Devon, Somerset, Dorset, Wiltshire and Swindon): £163,518.50.
o Community Energy Plus (Cornwall): 2 grants, £139,132.40 and £290,946.06.
o South Hams Citizens Advice Bureau (Devon): £272,908.75, and
o West Devon Community and Voluntary Services (WDCVS, West Devon and South Hams: £98,905.00.

Since the Energy Redress Scheme launched in 2018, Energy Saving Trust has awarded over £26 million to fund over 150 charities across England, Scotland and Wales.

The next round of Energy Redress Scheme funding will opened on Tuesday 6 April 2021 and will close to applications at 5pm on Wednesday 5 May 2021.

There will be between £4-5 million available to fund new projects. Only charities that are registered with the Energy Redress Scheme and have passed the due diligence process can apply to the open funding rounds. Further information on the scheme and the application process can be found on the Energy Saving Trust website.