Local good news & bad news on the energy front

The good news: The Replacement scheme to HEES (Home Energy Efficiency Scheme) – aimed at reducing fuel poverty is now well established. It is called NEST:
http://nestwales.org.UK/

Nest is the Welsh Government’s fuel poverty scheme. It aims to help reduce the number of households in fuel poverty and make Welsh homes warmer and more fuel-efficient places to live.

If you’re worried about the cost of heating your home, you can call 0800 512 012 free from a landline or 0300 456 2655 from a mobile phone. The friendly advisors can give advice on:

  • Saving energy
  • Money management
  • Making sure you’re on the best fuel tariff for you;
  • And whether you are entitled to any benefits to boost your income

You may also be eligible to receive home improvements at no cost to you, to help make your home warmer and reduce the cost of your energy bills.

We need to do all we can to raise awareness and uptake of these benefits. There are 240,000 homes suffering fuel poverty in Wales and NEST had less than 4000 enquiries in its first 3 months of operation. Alleviating fuel poverty is fundamental to everything the Green Party stands for, so let us ensure we spread the word.

Now the bad news: As expected, the Government’s disgraceful moving of the goal posts with regards to feed in tariffs has led to the Community Solar Project that we have been involved with, through Sustainable Wales, being put on hold. Margaret Minhinnick has issue this letter to all those that registered an interest:

In recent months, you have registered interest in Sustainable Wales’ PVs for Free scheme.

Unfortunately, we regret to inform you that the Government recently announced that by12 December 2011, there will be a fifty per cent cut in ‘Feed in Tariffs’ which formed the financial back bone of the project.

There is a slight chance that Government may extend the ‘Feed in Tariff’ scheme and we have been in communication with our AMs and MPs urging them to support this. If you feel so inclined, we would be grateful if you could do the same.

Consequently, until we hear otherwise, we are putting this project on hold, but will contact you immediately if any further changes are announced. We would like to apologise for any inconvenience caused and thank you for your patience.

So yet another worthy project gets Con-Dem-ed! I would urge you all to express your dismay, as suggested to:

Carwyn Jones AM

(Mention his appalling inaction on the fracking issue while you are at it!)
Emlyn House
36 Caroline Street
Bridgend
CF31 1DQ

01656 664320

Carwyn.Jones

And

Madeleine Moon MP

Constituency Office at 47 Nolton Street is open for appointments with my caseworkers on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 10am to 12 noon.

You can contact her:

  • By telephone – 01656 750 002
  • By email directly – moonm
  • By fax – 01656 660 081
  • In writing to her constituency office – 47 Nolton Street, Bridgend, CF31 3AA
  • In writing to her parliamentary office – House of Commons, London, SW1A 0AA

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