Community Energy Plus News

Low carbon heat – is there an opportunity for community energy?

The opportunities and barriers for the delivery of low carbon heat projects to tackle fuel poverty in rural communities across the UK are highlighted in a report recently published by the Cornish charity Community Energy Plus.   Research, which was funded by the Eaga Charitable Trust, was commissioned to explore opportunities for rural community energy groups across the county to embrace low carbon heat technologies and provide affordable heating for all. As part of the research they have looked at …


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Chacewater leads the charge towards electric vehicles

Chacewater Energy Group are hoping to instigate an electric vehicle revolution in their local community by organising an Electric Vehicle Day on Saturday 14th July. The emerging community energy enterprise have signed-up four local car dealerships and two electric bike retailers to show a range of battery powered vehicles some of which will be available for test drives around the village. The drop-in event, from 2-5pm at Chacewater Village Hall, will include at presentations at 3pm and 4pm by Matthew …


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Cornish householders to get ‘Energy Wise’ following Big Lottery Fund boost

4,000 Cornish households who are struggling to heat their homes will be helped to achieve warmer, healthier homes with more manageable energy bills thanks to new project by the Truro-based charity Community Energy Plus. The charity has been awarded £318,000 of National Lottery Funding by the Big Lottery Fund, the largest funder of community activity in the UK. The money has enabled Community Energy Plus to recruit three case workers to provide in-depth advice and support to help vulnerable households …


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Event held to help Camborne householders cut their energy bills

Users of Camborne’s Food bank were given advice to help them to take control of their energy bills on Friday (9th February). Cornish charity Community Energy Plus joined forces with the CPR Food Bank to host a drop-in event to provide information out about grants and initiatives to help householders enjoy warmer homes, and to give advice on tariff switching and how to save energy and further reduce their bills. The event was held as part of the national annual …


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Advice from Cornish charity – check your energy bills this autumn

Thousands of Cornish householders will feel an extra pinch in their pockets this autumn. A combination of rising energy prices and low levels of engagement in energy shopping mean that thousands in the county risk facing a cold winter of unaffordable energy bills. The warning comes from the Truro-based charity Community Energy Plus. They are highlighting the importance of tariff switching at the time of year when most households turn their heating on. The charity believes that local households will …


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Statistics show the cold reality of fuel poverty in Cornwall

The plight of thousands of households in Cornwall struggling with the costs of keeping warm has been highlighted by the publication of the government’s latest fuel poverty statistics. They show that over 34,000 households are thought to be in fuel poverty in the duchy, which is 14.2% of Cornish homes. The figures for Cornwall are as bad as levels seen in colder parts of the country such as the North East and West Midlands. Within some communities across Cornwall the …


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Cooking up energy savings in Four Lanes

A lesson on eating well on a budget and saving energy around the home has recently provided food for thought at Pencoys Primary School in Four Lanes. 24 families and their children enjoyed a slow cooking workshop designed to encourage families to cook and save energy together. The workshop was part of a pioneering project being led by the Truro-based energy charity Community Energy Plus. Last year the charity received national recognition in the Energy Impact Awards for the achievements …


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Event held to help householders cut their energy bills

Visitors to Helston’s Open Door Café were given advice to help them to take control of their energy bills at an event to mark National Fuel Poverty Awareness Day on Friday 17th February. Cornish charity Community Energy Plus joined forces with the Helston and Lizard Food Bank to host a drop-in event for local residents to find out about grants and initiatives which can help them to enjoy warmer homes, tariff switching and advice on how to save energy and …


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Can you afford another £55 on your energy bill this year?

Tens of thousands of Cornish households could be in for a nasty shock this month when they receive their January energy bills. Rising wholesale electricity and gas costs threaten to push the cost of the average duel fuel bill up by as much as 5 per cent, which is £55[1] on an average bill, according to the Truro based charity Community Energy Plus. The charity estimates that two-thirds of households in Cornwall, about 175,000[2], are unnecessarily boosting the profits of …


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Strong demand for Smart Warmth project

Cornish householders living with health conditions made worse by cold homes are being urged not to suffer in silence this winter. The local energy charity Community Energy Plus is in its final two months of delivering a project which has already provided advice to over 3,000 people who were struggling to heat their homes. As the latest blast of cold weather hits the county, the charity are expecting to handle an increased number of calls from people who are struggling …


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