The countdown is on to European Energy Poverty Conference

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26th March 2018

The countdown is on to European Energy Poverty Conference

The countdown is on for this week’s 2018 European Energy Poverty Conference, hosted by Energy Action and co-sponsored by SSE Airtricity.

This year’s Conference, which takes place on Thursday 29 April in Dublin’s Croke Park, will explore solutions to energy poverty being pioneered across Europe and how a united European approach can eliminate energy poverty.

The conference agenda will include keynote addresses from leading European speakers and will be officially opened by Ireland’s Climate Action Minister Denis Naughton TD, who will address the united approaches that Ireland and Europe have taken so far towards tackling energy poverty.

Speaking at the conference launch, Minister Naughten said:

“I am keenly aware of how extreme weather events and energy poverty are linked. Over 9per cent of the EU population struggle to keep their homes affordably warm. During cold spells, those people are particularly vulnerable often resulting in worsening respiratory conditions or in worst cases, death.”

This is Energy Action’s seventh annual energy poverty conference. Speaking ahead of the conference, Brian McSharry, CEO of Energy Action, said that the Dublin based charity is liaising with Ireland’s major energy suppliers, including SSE Airtricity, to help people in energy poverty obtain the best value from their limited budgets in heating their homes. Over the past 28 years Energy Action has insulated over 35,000 homes and advocates on behalf of people living in energy poverty.

Brian McSharry continued:

“Making customers aware of the range of innovative solutions that energy suppliers are offering to help customers understand, manage and ultimately reduce their energy usage and associated costs is an important dimension to our work. This issue will be among the subjects discussed during Energy Action’s European Energy Poverty Conference in Croke Park”.

Fiona Hannon, Head of Regulation with SSE Airtricity who will be speaking at this year’s conference, said:

“In the past year, SSE Airtricity has installed over 300 Smart Electric Thermal Storage units into fuel poor homes in Ireland free –of-charge to the householder. As well as demonstrating smart, low-carbon heat technology for use in home energy storage, these innovative space and water heating systems are providing vulnerable householders with more affordable and energy-efficient heat and hot water.”  

For more on this year’s Conference and to book tickets, click here.

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