SSE Airtricity joined Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment, Denis Naughten TD, along with industry representatives, climate change experts and others, for Energy Action’s annual conference in Croke Park, Dublin on Monday 6 March.
Energy Action, known as ‘the warm charity’, aims to alleviate fuel poverty in Dublin by providing free home insulation services for older people and those struggling to manage their energy costs.
The Energy Action Conference has been running for six years, and this year’s event saw speakers address a range of pressing issues on the theme of ‘Fuel Poverty and Climate Action’.
David Manning, SSE Airtricity’s Director of Home Energy, who spoke at the conference, said: “Energy Action’s annual conference is an important forum that gives customer champions and energy providers the opportunity to take stock and consider the effectiveness of the actions that we’re taking together to deliver value for energy customers, particularly the fuel poor.
“Keeping energy affordable, especially for those struggling to heat and power their homes, is a highly challenging and complex social issue. Useful progress has been made over recent years to help customers manage day-to-day spending and improve the energy efficiency of our built housing stock, and this has best been achieved through partnerships.
“As an energy provider with a market share of around 20%, we believe that by working together with partners, we can punch above our weight to make a real difference to customers’ bills and the comfort of their homes. Through partnerships with local authorities, the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI) and others, SSE Airtricity has delivered large scale energy efficiency retrofit projects across Ireland over the last three years that have transformed the comfort of fuel poor homes, and helped customers save over 250 gigawatt hours of energy. This is in addition to over €100 million that we've saved customers switching to SSE Airtricity.”
Brian McSharry, CEO of Energy Action, commented: “We have a responsibility as a society to ensure that everyone can afford to heat and power their homes. Although a lot has been done to help alleviate the problem of fuel poverty, both at Government and local level, much remains to be done.
“This is Energy Action’s sixth conference in as many years, and the aim of these conferences is to maintain awareness of the problem of fuel poverty. The event provides a forum for those working in the area of fuel poverty to share information and experience in order to find lasting solutions to the problem.”
As well as presentations from experts in the areas of fuel poverty and climate change, the conference also featured workshops on Training, Jobs and Building Standards, Sustainable Energy Communities and Smart Meters.
Further information on Energy Action and its ‘Fuel Poverty and Climate Action’ Conference is available at www.energyaction.ie