Energise Sussex Coast, a community benefit society operating in East Sussex, is delighted to have won the Fuel Poverty Action award at the annual Community Energy Awards hosted by Community Energy England.
The awards, held in London last week, are organised annually by Community Energy England – an organisation that helps to put people at the heart of the energy system and acts as the voice of the community energy sector, with Energise Sussex Coast being one of its members. The Community Energy England produces the state of the sector report which looks at the successes as well as challenges faced by the UK community energy sector. You can read more about this year’s awards on the website of the Community Energy England here.
Tackling fuel poverty and energy advice have been at the centre of Energise Sussex Coast activities since its inception. Last year (2021) the community benefit society recorded an average financial benefit of £409 for its clients seeking energy advice whilst its team of energy advisors, working in partnership with the Hastings Advice & Representation Centre (HARC), helped 850 households save over £ 560,000 in energy bills.
Kate Meakin, Energise Sussex Coast Director who manages the energise advice service, says:
“We are so proud to receive the award for Fuel Poverty Action from Community Energy England. I want to thank our team of energy advisors for all the hard work they have put into helping people through the energy crisis”
Richard Watson, Co-Founder and Director, adds:
“All the credit for this award goes to Kate and her amazing team of advisors who have built up so much knowledge and expertise since we started helping people with energy bills in 2012. The energy market is a real mess at the moment and we want to produce more local energy and make it cheaper for local residents. One of the best things we can do now is support the initiatives to insulate homes so they need less energy to heat and encourage people to turn their houses into mini green power stations so we are less reliant on imported fossil fuels. ”