Community Energy Plus News

Cornwall New Energy facilitates solar investment for Telegraph Museum Porthcurno

  A member-owned renewable energy enterprise has helped one of Cornwall’s most historically significant sites to realise its ambitions for a greener future with lower energy bills. The Telegraph Museum Porthcurno expects to reduce its energy bills by around £3,500 a year thanks to the installations of PV systems on two of their buildings by the co-operative Community Power Cornwall. The museum is based on what was originally the largest telegraph station in the world, connecting Britain to the whole …


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Advice project goes door to door in St Blazey

St Blazey residents are getting one-to-one help to enjoy warmer, safer homes thanks to a pioneering project by Cornwall’s energy advice charity Community Energy Plus.   The charity has recruited and trained a ‘Community Energy Champion’ who is going door-to-door within targeted streets in St Blazey to help householders save money and access a broad range of services provided by local and national organisations.   Community Energy Champion Mel Eyers has provided in-depth advice to around 20 St Blazey residents …


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Karen Leach named as Heat Hero by national charity

A Case Worker from the Cornish energy advice charity Community Energy Plus was named a Heat Hero at a special awards ceremony at the Houses of Parliament. Karen Leach from St Columb has almost ten years’ experience of providing phone-based energy advice for Community Energy Plus and in the last three years her role has broadened significantly, helping to shape and deliver in-home advice, handholding and advocacy services within the charity. Karen uses her energy, drive and technical knowledge to …


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Cornish charity warns of energy cost complacency

A Truro-based charity which provides help to local people struggling with their energy bills has advised Cornish householders to beware of energy companies taking advantage of their complacency this winter. Community Energy Plus expects that in January many households will receive a very un-merry post festive surprise when they receive their quarterly electricity and gas bills and see the impact of rising energy prices. Research by the energy regulator Ofgem finds comparing and switching supplier or energy tariff can make …


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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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