Telford Energy Savers goes live today - transforming people’s homes and the local economy

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Telford Energy Savers goes live today - transforming people’s homes and the local economy


Telford & Wrekin Council has today announced a partnership with support services provider Carillion to create the Telford Energy Savers (TES) programme.


Telford Energy Savers goes live
Councillor Charles Smith, Member for Housing, Development and the Borough Towns, and Helen Jones Account Director for Carillion Energy Services celebrate the signing of the Telford Energy Savers agreement.
 
6th June 2013
The contract is valued at up to £30 million over the next eight years. Telford & Wrekin Council is the first neighbouring authority to follow the Birmingham Energy Savers framework with Carillion.


Linked to the Government's Green Deal, it will help households across Telford and Wrekin save money on their energy bills by making their homes more energy and carbon efficient. There are also proposals for a district heating scheme and solar farm.

The scheme will contribute significantly to the regional economy by creating jobs and providing work for local businesses.

In addition, an industry-first pre-apprenticeship programme from Carillion will provide young people in the region with training and work experience.

 

"...through schemes like TES and with our partners we can go some way to making a real difference in our homes and with our communities."


- John Jago, Managing Director, Carillion Domestic Energy Services
Carillion's community engagement team will ensure residents and neighbourhood groups are involved and supported throughout the programme.

The scheme will fund energy-saving measures such as insulation, heating and renewable options where possible, through the Green Deal scheme so that the costs are met over time through savings on energy bills.

There are also grants available and a Government "early bird" cash back of up to £1,020 per household.

Charles Smith, Telford & Wrekin Council's cabinet member for Housing, Development and Borough Towns, said: "The Telford Energy Savers programme will help our residents in Telford and Wrekin to stay warm for less.  Everyone can benefit from energy saving improvements - and their energy bills will fall.

"For me, the most exciting part of this partnership is the opportunity to boost the local economy through investing in energy-saving.  Our local suppliers will have more business, they will recruit more people, and the green economy will support more jobs of all types."

Carillion Energy Services' Account Director, Helen Jones, said: "More and more families are being hit by the rising cost of fuel bills and the best way people can protect themselves from increased costs is to use less energy.

"Many people just don't know what to do, so we've worked with Telford & Wrekin Council to make it easy for everyone and to advise on funding and grant entitlement."

John Jago, Managing Director of Carillion Domestic Energy Services, added: "We are delighted to have been selected by Telford & Wrekin to work with them on this transformational energy programme.

"UK homes are among the least energy efficient in the world, but through schemes like TES and with our partners we can go some way to making a real difference in our homes and with our communities."

Key Benefits of the Telford Energy Savers partnership are: 
  1. It will stimulate growth in the local economy, creating new jobs directly and indirectly, and giving work experience opportunities for young people.
  2. Making people's homes warmer for lower cost will combat fuel poverty and give people more disposable income.
  3. Residents can phone for a FREE no-obligation energy assessment of their property: other companies charge for this service.  
  4. Carillion will ensure that residents benefit from appropriate grants and funds; if someone takes out a Green Deal plan they can currently claim cashback from the government, e.g. £270 towards a new boiler.  Cashback can be worth up to £1,020.
  5. It's a high-quality one-stop-shop: Telford Energy Savers conducts the assessments, advises on funding, and schedules the work to cause least disruption.

Telford Energy Savers will work with local community groups to inform them about the benefits of the scheme and how they can sign up to save energy.

Community leaders are invited to a launch event on 19th June which will help them to explain the programme to others, and they will also have the opportunity to sign up for a free energy assessment of their home.

TES builds on the success of the Birmingham Energy Savers programme which began earlier this year.

Telford & Wrekin Council is one of the 40 neighbouring authorities who signed up to the Birmingham Energy Savers framework agreement which enabled them to contract with Carillion without incurring the time and expense of going through the OJEU (Official Journal of the European Union) contracting process.

About Carillion
Carillion is a leading integrated support services company with a substantial portfolio of Public Private Partnership projects and extensive construction capabilities.

The Group had annual revenue in 2012 of some £4.4 billion, employs around 40,000 people and operates across the UK, in the Middle East and Canada.

The Group has four business segments:

Support services - this includes facilities management, facilities services, energy services, rail services, road maintenance, utility services and consultancy businesses.

Public Private Partnership (PPP) projects - this includes our investing activities in PPP projects in our chosen sectors of defence, health, education, transport, secure, energy services and other Government accommodation.

Middle East construction services - this includes our building and civil engineering activities in the Middle East.

Construction services (excluding the Middle East) - this includes our building, civil engineering and developments activities in the UK and our construction activities in Canada.