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West Wales Eco Centre Awarded £81,404

A PROJECT which helps those living in fuel poverty in West and Mid-Wales has been given an £81,404 boost from the ScottishPower Energy People Trust.

Newport based West Wales Eco Centre (WWEC) has received funding to provide household energy advice to those struggling with energy bills.  The advice aims to help lift people out of fuel poverty and improve the quality of their lives.

The Eco Centre has used the financial support to fund a Cosy Homes Advisor who looks at individual cases and the causes of fuel poverty in homes and gives expert energy advice on the best way for people to save money on their energy bills. The service was rolled out this month and is expected to help around 400 individuals.

Ann Loughrey, ScottishPower’s Head of Corporate Social Responsibility and The ScottishPower Energy People Trust’s Company Secretary, said:  “We are extremely pleased to fund this valuable service from the West Wales Eco Centre.  It is exactly the kind of project the ScottishPower Energy People Trust is keen to help.

“Fuel poverty affects millions of homes across the country and is caused by a combination of poor energy efficiency in homes and low income.  This project is aiming to make a difference by providing residents with information and advice to help them get out of fuel poverty.  The West Wales Eco Centre is an invaluable resource in providing assistance to those who need it most.”

West Wales Eco Centre was established in 1980 as the Newport and Nevern Energy Group. Its remit is the promotion of the issues surrounding energy use and the environment, encapsulated by its charitable objectives which are:
1. The advancement of public education in all aspects of energy conservation and energy use;
2. The relief of fuel poverty in the local population;
3. The advancement of public education in matters relating to the environment, insofar as they relate to energy conservation and energy use.
The four main areas of WWEC’s work are energy efficiency, renewable energy, environmental education on climate change and sustainability and fuel poverty.
Jake Hollyfield, Director at West Wales Eco Centre, said: “We’re delighted that The ScottishPower Energy People Trust has funded our project – this assistance will go a long way to helping West and Mid-Wales people who are in fuel poverty.

“Many people who require assistance are contacting us directly. However, through referral from existing frontline workers we can also identify people at risk.

“Thanks to the funding we received, analysis of fuel costs, energy systems, tariffs and grants are helping to ensure the vulnerable and infirm are able to heat their homes adequately and at a reasonable cost.”

For further information on how to get a home visit from the Cosy Homes Advisor, please contact Tina Shevlin at West Wales Eco Centre on 01239 821905  or email


Tuesday, October 26, 2010