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The Energy Saving Trust has awarded over£2.8m to 30 local ...
The Energy Saving Trust has awarded over£2.8m to 30 local

authorities (who in turn represent 97 local authorities throughout the

UK) under its HECAction scheme. HECAction helps local authorities to

meet their commitments under the government's Home Energy Conservation

Act (HECA), which sets mandatory targets for each authority to

increase energy efficiency in its area. When partnership funding is

taken into account, over£15m will be made available to local


HECAction is now in its third year. The first two rounds were awarded

in 1996 and 1997, with a total of£8m given in awards to 63 energy conservation authorities throughout the UK.

Over 80 local councils applied for funding from the 1998 HECAction

scheme. This year's entries were assessed by an independent selection

committee, with awards available in two categories: the blue track

(enabling) which was open to previous non-winners only, and the orange

track (innovating) which was open to all authorities.

The separate criteria were introduced this year to encourage bids from

a wider number of authorities, to ensure maximum spread of Energy

Efficiency schemes throughout the country. The results were

encouraging with over 80% of this year's awards going to blue bids,

ie those that had not won before.

All bids were assessed under the following criteria:

- Financial sustainability: proof that the scheme will continue for at

least two years after the EST award has been spent

- Schemes must secure a minimum 30% leverage from the private sector in the first year in addition to all public sector support

- Support by the Energy Conservation Authority for a minimum of three years

Jennifer Butt, programme manager for HECAction at the Energy Saving

Trust commented: 'The Home Energy Conservation Act represents a

serious commitment for local authorities to contribute towards the

UK's CO2 reduction targets which were set at last year's Kyoto


'The Energy Saving Trust's HECAction scheme provides local housing

authorities with the opportunity to meet that commitment. This is the

third year of HECAction, and to date over£65m has been raised.

The amount of energy that has been saved during the lifetime of the

scheme is estimated at 11,800 Gwh, which equates to CO2 emissions of

2.7 million tonnes. That's how much energy a city of 650,000 people -

for example Glasgow - uses in ten years.

'The entries for the 1998 awards particularly impressed the judges

with their dynamic approach to tackling the various issues. Schemes

which were especially successful included those which addressed the

issue of fuel poverty, will improve the health of local residents,

help the private rented sector or will persuade the maximum numbers of

households to install energy efficiency measures.'


HECAction is an Energy Saving Trust initiative endorsed by the


The Energy Saving Trust is an independent, Government funded

organisation set up to promote the efficient use of energy, thereby reducing CO2 emissions

Energy Efficiency can provide free advice, an information pack on

energy saving measures and details of registered professionals in

heating, insulation and glazing. Telephone the Energy Efficiency

hotline on 0345 277200

HECAction is a three-year Energy Saving Trust competition open to all energy conservation authorities to assist them in implementing the Home Energy Conservation Act

The following bids were successful:

Blue bids:

Basingstoke & Deane Borough Council

Bristol City Council

Cardiff City & County Council

Chelmsford Borough Council

Daventry District Council

Ellesmere Port and Neston Borough Council

Fylde Borough Council

Glasgow City Council

Havant Borough Council

Kerrier District Council

Leeds City Council

London Borough of Hackney

Malvern Hills District Council

Milton Keynes District Council

North Somerset Council

Purbeck District Council

Reading Borough Council

Reigate and Banstead Borough Council

Shetland Islands Council

Stafford Borough Council

Stroud District Council

Tynedale District Council

West Lothian Council

Wrexham County Borough Council

York City Council

Orange bids

Blackpool Borough Council

Chester City Council

Gateshead Metropolitan Borough Council

Northern Ireland Housing Executive

Wyre Borough Council

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