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HBPCT supports EECA priorities for home insulation
The Hawke’s Bay Power Consumers’ Trust (HBPCT) is giving full support for EECA’s home insulation project
Trust Chair, Diana Kirton, says the Energy Efficiency Conservation Authority (EECA) has announced a nationwide $40m funding package to ensure all homeowners in high deprivation areas can access funding to meet the insulation needs of their homes. From 1st July 2019, EECA will provide 67% of funding required by each home.
Trustees recently met with Andrew Caseley, Chief Executive of the EECA, who advised that the Government had increased its funding allocation for home insulation and heating. From 1st July 2019, the total funding will be $40m in year one, then $45m in years 2 and 3. This funding is targeted at low income, owner occupied houses in deprivation 8, 9 & 10 areas.
“HBPCT has contributed $400,000 per year to insulating homes in the Hawke’s Bay region for nearly a decade now” said Diana Kirton. More than 4000 homes have benefitted from this Trust contribution in the past and according to EECA there are approximately 4457 eligible homes to be insulated under the new criteria.
“We welcome the increase in government funding over the next 3 years and wish to ensure that Hawke’s Bay maximises this opportunity. The Trust is working with all local funders in order to align their programmes and achieve the best outcome”.
“Apart from the obvious health benefits of a warm house, this initiative supports consumers to better manage their energy use and consumption” said Diana.
EECA has been through a rigorous programme in selecting service providers to run the programme for them, with Smart Energy Services has been selected for the Hawke’s Bay area. “The Trust has a long-standing relationship with Smart Energy Services” said Diana. “We have developed a strong level of trust and accountability over the years and look forward to continuing this into the future”.