Monday, 25 March 2013

Regional Winner Pipped At The Post For National Energy Award

A South Cambridgeshire partnership set up to help residents improve their homes by making them warmer and cheaper to run has been pipped at the post for a national energy award.

The South Cambridgeshire District Council partnership beat off competition from across East Anglia to scoop the regional prize in November, but at an event at the House of Lords was told they had not won the top gong from fuel poverty charity National Energy Action and the Department of Energy and Climate Change.

South Cambridgeshire District Council’s Sustainable Energy Partnership was shortlisted as one of nine finalists after volunteers helped run a series of village energy days to provide communities with the knowledge they need to take action on energy issues.

Since the partnership launched in 2009, 27 parishes have joined up and hundreds of people have attended energy days held across South Cambridgeshire villages – some gathering crowds in excess of 100 people.

As the eastern winner in the Community Footprint Awards, the Council picked up a £2,000 cash reward that has been invested in a fun and interactive display to help demonstrate to people of all ages the different ways they can go green and make their home cheaper to run and more comfortable to live in.

This display will be used at events from next month.

British Gas, who sponsors the awards, also funded an event at Gamlingay to showcase the work communities have done in South Cambridgeshire as part of the bid for the national prize.

Cllr Ray Manning, South Cambridgeshire District Council’s Leader, said: “It is a fantastic achievement to be shortlisted for the national award and shows how hard our officers and volunteers have worked in communities to tackle climate change and energy issues. The village energy days have been a very effective way of helping people understand how they can save energy and money by making greener choices and improve their home. To beat off competition from across East Anglia was a fantastic result and we are not too disheartened not to pick up the national prize.”

The overall national award winners were Islington Borough Council.