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Local Story – Energy Efficiency in Eddisbury

A week after the launch of the Government’s Clean Growth Strategy, we are pleased to release the eighth in of our series of constituency-focused local energy efficiency stories: Energy Efficiency in Eddisbury. The report has been welcomed by local MP Antoinette Sandbach, who said:

“I know that fuel poverty is a significant issue, and that many of my constituents were very concerned about the cost of heating their homes last winter.I welcome the report by the Association for the Conservation of Energy, which sheds light on the energy efficiency of the housing stock and businesses across the Eddisbury constituency and commend the work that local installers and programme managers have done in recent years to implement energy saving features in homes, such as better insulation and more efficient boilers. This report does however demonstrate the need for a long-term energy efficiency policy to tackle these issues.”

The report shows how tens of thousands of local residents have benefited in recent years from proper insulation and efficient boilers, making their homes more affordable to heat and safer to live in. However, it also shows that 3,500 homes in Eddisbury still have the very worst energy ratings of F or G, which is more than twice the national average. These homes waste hundreds of pounds worth of fuel every year. The report goes on to identify the huge untapped potential for delivering to the remaining residents the benefits their neighbours have seen.

We welcomed the input from Peter Owen and Ellie Abernethy from the independent social enterprise and environmental charity, Energy Projects Plus; Emma Edwards, project officer involved in the interest free energy efficiency loan scheme ‘Cosy Loans’ and Councillor Karen Shore, Cabinet Member for Environment, Cheshire West and Chester council.

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Local Story – Energy Efficiency in Norwich South

As households begin to switch on their heating, we are releasing our new report Energy Efficiency in Norwich South – the seventh of our series of constituency-focused local energy efficiency stories. The report has been welcomed by Norwich South’s MP Clive Lewis as well as local businesses and charities. Clive Lewis MP added:

Many of my constituents told me they couldn’t afford to heat their homes last winter. I welcome the report by the Association for the Conservation of Energy, which sheds light on the energy efficiency of the housing stock and businesses in Norwich South constituency and commend the work that the City Council, local installers and programme managers have done in recent years to implement energy saving features in homes, such as better insulation and more efficient boilers. 

The report shows that there is a huge need to improve the efficiency of almost three quarters of workplaces and over 40,000 homes in Norwich South. But current national policy commitments would see a paltry 343 homes helped each year to 2020.

Not only is this selling our environment short, it’s such a false economy for our public finances. For example, for every £1 invested in renovating cold homes the NHS saves 42 pence in reduced hospital admissions and GP visits.

This government needs to stop handing out multi-billion pound tax cuts for a selected few. Instead it should invest in energy efficiency measures which benefit all of us now and by reducing carbon emissions will benefit all of our children in the future too.

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Argyris Oraiopoulos – Researcher

With a background in Civil Engineering and an MSc in Water & Environmental Engineering (both awarded from the University of Surrey), Argyris went on to work for Costain Group plc before deciding to return to London to study for a MSc in Environmental Design & Engineering at UCL. At UCL he developed an interest on energy demand reduction and Urban Heat Island (UHI) mitigation strategies, with his studies focusing on the effect of new dwellings on the urban local microclimate, using a 3D computational model.

Argyris recently completed his PhD at Loughborough University where he developed an empirical model that is able to predict summertime overheating in UK homes, using descriptive time series analysis.

Prior to joining ACE, Argyris was employed as a Research Associate at Loughborough University, working on neighbourhood scale energy modelling mapping and visualisation.

Argyris’ research interests include:

  • Overheating (criteria and modelling)
  • Empirical – data driven models
  • Energy policy
  • Dynamic thermal simulation modelling
  • Occupant behaviour and attitudes
  • Public engagement and education (STEM & Engineers Without Borders (EWB) Ambassador)

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Kelly Greer – Research Director

Kelly has a BSc in Biology of Plants and Animals and an MSc in Clean Technology from Newcastle upon Tyne University. She has over 12 years’ experience of working in the field of energy policy, with particular expertise in energy efficiency and fuel poverty policy and the Housing Health and Safety Rating System (HHSRS).

Prior to joining ACE, Kelly worked at British Gas, developing and maintaining relationships with regional and local government and social housing providers, as well as construction, insulation and facilities management companies to promote and deliver both domestic and non-domestic energy saving schemes. Kelly also worked for Centrica’s social investment fund Ignite, supporting GrowUp Urban Farms to further develop the GrowUp Box to create educational and outreach opportunities in communities. GrowUp Urban Farms grows sustainable salads, herbs and fish using aquaponics and vertical growing systems.

Kelly has also worked for National Energy Action and Impetus Consulting Ltd, and is currently a local Parish Councillor with an Environment portfolio.

As Research Director, Kelly is responsible for overall management and direction of the independently-funded three-person policy Research Team, and has a deep understanding of the role of research in underpinning advocacy work, working very closely with ACE’s Campaign Team and Chief Executive.

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Local Story – Energy Efficiency in Penistone and Stocksbridge

As temperatures plummet in Yorkshire once more, our new local story report has shone a spotlight on the energy performance of homes and businesses in Penistone and Stocksbridge.

This is the sixth in our series of constituency-focused local energy efficiency stories. The report – which has been welcomed by local MP Angela Smith and by local businesses and charities – shows how tens of thousands of local residents have benefited in recent years from proper insulation and efficient boilers, making their homes more affordable to heat and safer to live in.  But the report goes on to identify the huge untapped potential for delivering to the remaining Penistone and Stocksbridge residents the benefits their neighbours have already seen.

The release of this report has been timed to coincide with the launch of environmental charity Hubbub’s fuel poverty project “Fuelling Connections” and has been sponsored by Calor. Hubbub’s kick-off roundtable event took place on Friday 13th January in Stocksbridge and brought together key stakeholders in fuel poverty and Angela Smith MP to discuss what has worked to date and what remains to be done.

Angela Smith MP added: “I know that fuel poverty is a significant issue in Yorkshire and that many of my constituents will be concerned about the cost of heating their homes this winter. I welcome the report by the Association for the Conservation of Energy, which sheds light on the energy efficiency of the housing stock and businesses across the Penistone and Stocksbridge constituency and commend the work that local installers and programme managers have done in recent years to implement energy saving features in homes, such as better insulation and more efficient boilers. This report does however demonstrate the need for a long term energy efficiency policy to tackle these issues.”

 

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Local Story – Energy Efficiency in Truro and Falmouth

As people once again begin to turn up their heating, our new local story report has shone a spotlight on the energy performance of homes and businesses in Truro and Falmouth.

This is the fifth in our series of constituency-focused local stories and the first to be launched with a roundtable event. The event occurred on Friday 4th November in Truro, was sponsored by Calor and chaired by Truro and Falmouth MP Sarah Newton. It brought together key stakeholders in fuel poverty to discuss the findings of the report and to speak with Sarah Newton MP about what has worked to date and what remains to be done.

The report was welcomed by Truro and Falmouth MP Sarah Newton who added: “I know that fuel poverty is a significant issue in Cornwall and that, as we approach winter, many of my constituents will be concerned about the cost of heating their homes. I am delighted to have been able to work with UKACE and organisations in Cornwall to discuss what more we can do to combat this problem”

CalorPaul Worth, Area Sales Manager from Calor, said: “This is an excellent report which helps shine a spotlight on the fact that Government energy efficiency schemes have repeatedly missed households living in rural off gas grid areas. Having this sort of detailed information will help target future help to those who most need it.”

CEPDr Tim Jones, Chief Executive of Community Energy Plus, said: “A stable and long term investment plan to improve the energy efficiency of Cornwall’s coldest homes is currently desperately needed from the government in order to help eradicate fuel poverty.  It was helpful to make this case directly to Sarah Newton MP and I hope that we can work with her and the other roundtable participants to find solutions so that misery of cold and damp homes can be consigned to part of Cornwall’s history instead of our future.”

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Antonia Jansz – Senior Researcher

Antonia joined the Research Team in September 2012. Previous to starting at ACE, she was undertaking research at University College London on the microclimatic effects of green and cool roofs and implications for energy consumption and health; a continuation of the dissertation she undertook as part of the MSc in Environmental Design and Engineering at the College. Antonia has recently spent time volunteering for the Vietnam Green Building Council, and prior to that worked for the GBC of Australia where she was involved in the development of the method for assessing energy and carbon dioxide emissions used within the Green Star tools (the Australian version of BREEAM). She also has experience in environmental assessment methods and energy modelling in the UK, including as Senior Consultant at the BRE.

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Domestic Renewable Heat Incentive calculator

ACE Research, in partnership with the Energy Saving Trust and Solstice Associates developed a Renewable Heat Incentive calculator for DECC and the Scottish Government. The tool was designed to provide a reliable estimate of the domestic RHI payments for biomass systems, ground and air source heat pumps and solar thermal systems.

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