19 Apr 16

Sizewell B and Galloper Wind Farm Limited launch community fund

A new community fund has launched in Suffolk thanks to Sizewell B and Galloper Offshore Wind Farm.
The Leiston and Sizewell Community Fund will be distributed over a seven year period.  Over £85,000 will be made available for community projects in a 10km radius of Sizewell. Applications are welcome throughout the year.
The new fund has been established as a thank you from the wind farm developers and as a condition for their use of EDF Energy’s land for essential substation equipment for the project.

The community fund aims to support a wide range of community projects, such as those which -

•         Support local solutions to meet local needs
•         Promote community interaction
•         Develop sustainable and supportive communities
•         Tackle disadvantage
•         Promote health and wellbeing
•         Support education
•         To fund not for profit organisations and local charities – preference given to less than £100k turnover
The fund will be administered by Sizewell B and allocated by a committee formed by representatives from Sizewell B, Galloper Offshore Wind Farm and Community Action Suffolk.
Christine Abraham Director of Community Services from Community Action Suffolk said: “The announcement of this new grant programme is fantastic news for local community groups and organisations in the Leiston area.  There is already inspiring work happening in and around the town, and I look forward to seeing the range of new activities that will be delivered with the support of this funding.”
Application forms are available from niki.rousseau@edf-energy.com www.edfenergy.com/energy/power-stations/sizewell-b

EDF Energy

EDF Energy is one of the UK’s largest energy companies and the largest producer of low-carbon electricity, producing around one-fifth of the nation's electricity from its nuclear power stations, wind farms, coal and gas power stations and combined heat and power plants. The company supplies gas and electricity to 6 million business and residential customer accounts and is the biggest supplier of electricity by volume in Great Britain.

EDF Energy’s safe and secure operation of its eight existing nuclear power stations at sites across the country makes it the UK’s largest generator of low carbon electricity. EDF Energy is also leading the UK's nuclear renaissance and has published plans to build four new nuclear plants, subject to the right investment framework.

These new plants could generate enough low carbon electricity for about 40% of Britain’s homes. They would make an important contribution to the UK’s future needs for clean, secure and affordable energy. The project is already creating business and job opportunities for British companies and workers.

Through Our Better Energy Ambitions, EDF Energy has developed one of the biggest environmental and social programmes of any British energy company.

In 2014 EDF Energy received seven ‘Big Ticks’ in the Business in the Community (BITC) Responsible Business Awards. In 2013 EDF Energy received the Environmental Leadership for Behavioural Change Award in the national Environment and Energy Awards and was highly commended in the first ever pan European Corporate Social Responsibility Awards scheme for its Sustainable Schools programme – the Pod.

EDF Energy is part of EDF Group, one of Europe’s largest power companies. The company employs around 14,000 people at locations across the UK.

To find out more about the UK's energy challenges look at www.edfenergy.com/energyfuture/