17 Jan 11

Community Energy Saving Programme: EDF Energy leads the way

EDF Energy is leading the way with the Community Energy Saving Programme (CESP) by having the first schemes to be approved in England and Wales. During the lifetime of the programme, we expect to help approximately 22,000 low-income residents across Great Britain with a focus to date on areas such as the North East, North West, South West, Yorkshire, South Wales and London.

All of EDF Energy's CESP delivery provides significant and permanent benefits to vulnerable consumers struggling to pay their fuel bills, while also reducing their carbon footprint though insulation, replacement windows, low carbon heating such as air source heat pumps and microgeneration.

Angus Wilby, Head of Energy Services at EDF Energy said: "CESP enables EDF Energy to help those most in need by transforming their homes with insulation and new heating systems and this saves them significant amounts of money on their energy bills. Our early adopter approach has paid off and we were the first energy company to have schemes approved in both England (Bristol) and Wales (Llanhilleth)".

"Through our partnerships with local authorities, housing associations and managing agents we are currently working on projects that are delivering energy efficiency measures to around 3,000 properties. We have learnt a lot in the early stages of the programme and our growing number of new schemes scheduled to commence early this year is giving us confidence that we are on course to achieve our full programme by the end of 2012".

In addition to CESP, EDF Energy is also working well towards achievement of the Carbon Emissions Reduction Target (CERT). A significant element of this includes free loft and cavity wall insulation to customers who are either in receipt of certain benefits or those aged 70 years and over.

EDF Energy is planning to invest around £400 million in energy efficiency measures over the course of the CERT programme. To date, we have provided more than 300,000 professionally installed insulation measures and we will continue to promote the installation of insulation into customers’ homes during 2011 and 2012.

In addition, this winter EDF Energy announced a Winter Price Freeze Guarantee which ensures new and existing customers can benefit from stable, competitive energy prices at the time they need them most. Energy consumption is typically at its highest in winter with average gas use in the coldest months of December and January more than six times higher than in July and August.

Organisations can contact Stephanie Anjos, EDF Energy’s Energy Efficiency expert via e-mail at stephanie.anjos@edfenergy.com for more information on CERT and CESP.