Giles Watling, MP for Clacton, has welcomed the launch of a new £300,000 fund to support community organisations offering energy efficiency advice, and for the delivery of energy efficiency improvements to community buildings.

Launched by UK Power Networks, the country’s largest electricity distribution network, the Power Partners Fund will give up to 40 not-for-profit organisations and community groups funding between £2,000 and £20,000 to help households and charitable buildings with the network area save money, by being more energy efficient. This scheme includes grants to improve the energy efficiency of community buildings; however, public buildings are not eligible.

UK Power Networks cover London, the South East and East of England, and invest more than £600 million every year in their network. While not an energy supplier, they manage local power lines and substations. The deadline for application is 6:00pm on 18th February 2019, and more information can be found here:

Speaking about the opportunity, Giles said:

“This is great chance for a local organisation or group to get financial assistance to become more energy efficient, which will also help with bills in the long run. Having been contacted by UK Power Networks about this directly, I know that they are keen to hear from any organisations in the Clacton constituency that is interested. I hope that all of those groups will bid for funding.”