Leading fuel poverty charity National Energy Action (NEA) is calling for ‘A Fairer Energy Future for All’ ahead of its conference next week [11-13 September], which is taking place at Nottingham Conference Centre and is sponsored by E.ON.
Over 330 attendees will hear from expert commentators from Government, Ofgem and the energy industry focussing on how we can tackle both decarbonisation of energy and fuel poverty, through better focussing of energy efficiency programmes and other support to low income households to meet the cost of heating their homes.
NEA is calling for the government to take action by:
- Prioritising assistance to people in fuel poverty by better targeting of existing policies and introducing a safeguard price cap
- Providing emergency help by introducing boiler replacement grants
- Declaring energy efficiency a national infrastructure priority to help unlock much needed resources to fund energy efficiency programmes.
The conference will also see the launch of a new report commissioned by NEA on Heat Decarbonisation and its potential impacts on social equity and fuel poverty.
Jenny Saunders, Chief Executive of NEA commented: “With an estimated four million UK households living in fuel poverty and progress going in the wrong direction it is vital that we harness the economic, social, environmental and health improvements that will be achieved through meeting our national fuel poverty and carbon targets. I am looking forward to lively debate and discussion around these themes in Nottingham.”
Michael Lewis, E.ON UK’s Chief Executive said: “E.ON has worked with NEA for many years to deliver important initiatives that help tackle fuel poverty by offering people the advice, tools and services they need to keep themselves warm and healthy. We consider the combatting of fuel poverty to be one of the key priorities for the energy industry and are proud to be supporting NEA’s annual conference so we can explore even more ways to work together to help tackle this important issue.
“We’re currently offering free cavity wall and loft insulation for everyone, regardless of their energy supplier, in an attempt to upgrade our nation’s housing stock and improve the energy efficiency of our homes and this is just one of the many ways in which we’re hoping to boost people’s wellbeing and lower energy bills.”
The Heat Decarbonisation report will be available at http://www.nea.org.uk/resources/publications-and-resources/ after conference, from 2pm on Wednesday 13th September.