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Fiona Hannon Energy Action Fuel Poverty Conference 2014 Tackling Fuel Poverty.

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1 Fiona Hannon Energy Action Fuel Poverty Conference 2014 Tackling Fuel Poverty

2 What’s happened in the last 12 months

3 Energy Engage Code? To keep disconnections in the electricity and gas markets to an absolute minimum Suppliers committed to never disconnecting an engaging customer

4 What is it? A joint commitment from suppliers to: –Never disconnect an engaging customer –Treat customers as individuals –Offer a range of payment and repayment options –Work with customers to find the most suitable solution for them –Provide every opportunity to remain connected –Always offer a PAYG meter where possible –Work more closely with agencies representing customers – VDP, MABS

5 Results so far Those who are aware of the Code are more positive about contacting us and more likely to proactively contact us Code has become widely publicised by customer representative groups Key assistance from SVP and MABS promoting the Code

6 How’s the industry doing?

7 Reduction in Electricity Disconnections *All figures taken from published CER Retail Market Monitoring Reports

8 Electricity PAYG meters installed

9 Correlation between PAYG and Disconnection

10 Reduction in Gas Disconnections

11 Gas PAYG Installed

12 Correlation between PAYG and disconnection

13 Summary Continuing downward trend Direct correlation between PAYG availability and disconnection Figures include vacant properties – working with CER to identify these properties to remove them from reports

14 What’s SSE Airtricity doing?

15 Increasing options for customers An Post Household Budget Scheme – first supplier in 20 years to enter the scheme which allows direct payments from social welfare benefits towards bills Top up options – over phone, online, Paypoint, Payzone Lifestyle PAYG metering

16 SSE Airtricity Energy Efficiency Initiatives

17 How do they work? Working in partnership with bodies including county councils and SEAI SSE Airtricity manage the project from end to end Contribute time and financial resources Aiming to reduce bills by increasing energy efficiency in homes Measures include loft & cavity insulation, upgrading boilers, storage heaters and installing new windows

18 Fingal Project Worked with SEAI & Fingal County Council 69 Local Authority Homes involved 60% homes in fuel poverty before project commenced Installed new high efficiency gas boilers and undertook BER assessments

19 Wexford Project Worked with SEAI & Wexford County Council 102 Local Authority Homes involved 80% homes in fuel poverty before project commenced Installed cavity and loft insulation at properties and undertook BER assessments

20 Dun Laoghaire Rathdown Project Worked with SEAI & Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council 80 Local Authority Homes involved 60% homes in fuel poverty before project commenced Installed new high efficiency boilers, cavity and loft insulation at properties and undertook BER assessments

21 Limerick Project Worked with SEAI & Limerick County Council 444 Local Authority Homes involved 80% homes in fuel poverty before project commenced Installed cavity and loft insulation at properties and undertook BER assessments

22 What’s Next?

23 For SSE Airtricity? Continue to work with customers and explore new budgeting options Working with the Energy Engage Code to encourage engagement with customers who may be struggling Continue to work to bring energy efficiency to homes through partnerships

24 For energy? Wider availability of prepayment meters for customers in need Implications of energy efficiency obligations What about VAT rate? 5% UK 5.5% France

25 Thank You


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