Ticket Giveaway: Homebuilding & Renovation Show/Sustainable Home Show

Marches Energy Agency has 10 pairs of free tickets to give away for the Homebuilding and Renovation Show taking place at the Birmingham NEC this weekend (Thurs 27th-Sun 30th March):  

The event will include a stand promoting Green Open Homes events taking place in April and May, including the Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire Eco Open Homes Week:

There will also be a show within the show called Sustainable Home Show.

Day tickets normally cost £12 in advance or £17 on the door.

The first ten people to send an email to with ‘Home Building and Renovation Show‘ in the subject line will receive an email from us with a code which you can use to claim a pair of free tickets. You will need access to the internet and a printer to get your free tickets and you must claim them by midnight on 26th March. You will also be able to buy extra tickets at a discounted price before 3pm on 26th March.

Energy Efficient Communities: New Keynote Speaker

Great news: our Energy Efficient Communities event on Saturday will include a short keynote speech from Community Energy Warwickshire, a project which as seen community-owned solar panel installed on hospitals:
There's still time to book your free place:

Energy Efficient Communities


Saturday 15th March
Hockerton, Nottinghamshire


  • Do you want to help improve the energy efficiency of homes in your area?
  • Are people in your community struggling to pay their energy bills?
  • Confused by the Green Deal and ECO? Not sure what other forms of funding are out there?

Learn how to adopt energy efficiency, lower your energy bills, cut carbon emissions and help others in your community do the same.

  • Keynote speaker: Simon Ross, RECCKN project:  
  • Try out practical tools for assessing how your community can best lower the carbon footprint of their homes and reduce their energy bills.
  • Hear about inspiring projects in other communities.
  • Find out about funding to help households install energy efficiency measures such as solid wall insulation, new boilers and renewables.
  • Find out how you can lower energy use in community buildings.
  • After the event  there will be an optional tour of Hockerton Housing Project. This must be booked separately and there is a cost (choose the tour that starts at 2pm on 15th March)   

More Information: Caroline Harmon: / 07748 508704

Announcement - Western Power Distribution Community Chest 2014

The Western Power Distribution Community Chest has just reopened for a third round of funding.

Western Power Distribution (WPD) have just launched their Community Chest grant scheme. Community groups within WPD’s distribution area, which serves the Midlands, South and West Wales and the South West of England, can apply for grants of up to £1000, in order to pay for simple but effective energy efficiency improvements to not only reduce their energy costs but also reduce the carbon emissions of the buildings they use for their activities.

£50,000 is available in total to enable communities to increase the efficiency of their buildings. The grant is being administered by the Centre for Sustainable Energy (CSE) who can also provide expert advice and guidance to help groups to carry out an audit of their buildings.

Eligible measures include insulating loft spaces, installing energy monitors, draught proofing windows and doors, fitting effective heating controls and installing low energy lighting. 

The application process is simple. Groups are asked to submit a short application form and provide quotes for recommended improvements, as well as completing an audit of their building. Guidance and an application pack are downloadable from  or email for more information.

Communication from our Director

Dear colleague,
I would like to let you know that I have decided to retire as Director of MEA.
After 15 exciting and challenging years in post now is the right time for me to move on. I have  greatly enjoyed all of the opportunities for doing important and valuable work, and most importantly the support of funders, stakeholders and customers. Thank you. 
The Trustees have reaffirmed their confidence in MEA to continue the Agency’s mission of delivering a transformation in the way we create and use energy to address cost, carbon and security. They have decided that, rather than look for a direct replacement for me, they will adopt a dual leadership model.  Wendy Tozer will become Co-Director responsible for the charity’s business management, and Simon Ross will become the Co-Director responsible for business development.  Over the next few weeks I will work with both of them to implement the new structure, work through the implications for our work programme and make sure that both Wendy and Simon as appropriate receive a good introduction to all our stakeholders.  The Trustees have asked us to aim to have this up and working for the start of the new financial year on 1 April 2014.  After that I shall revert to a supporting role and remain available to MEA as an associate.
I hope that you will wish me well as I start to think about the next phase of life.  May I reassure you that attention to and delivery of existing work, along with MEA’s capability and enthusiasm to deliver projects or services for you in the future will not be affected by this change.
All good wishes
Richard Davies MBE

Don’t miss Energy Discounts

Warm Homes Discount

The government’s Warm Homes Discount scheme is now in its third year and offers discounts on energy bills for households on low incomes. This year the grant has risen to £135 off the energy bills to those that qualify. The scheme is administered by the Electricity suppliers and places are filling fast.

Two groups qualify. The ‘Core Group’ are those in receipt of the Guaranteed Credit element of Pension Credit. Provided the claimant or their partner was named on their energy bill as of 20th July 2013 they will automatically qualify and should have already received their payment. Those over 75 in receipt of either element of Pension Credit will also qualify. If this applies to you then you should receive a letter before the end of February telling you one of two possible messages. The first is that you qualify and don’t need to do anything else. The other possibility is that it will say that you qualify but that you need to register with your electricity supplier by 14 March 2014.

Anyone receiving Pension credit that has not received this letter by the end of February 2014 should contact eco@mea on 0800 112 3743 or contact their electricity provider.

The second group is called the ‘Broader Group’. Eligibility for this element is set by the individual electricity providers. Most electricity providers that supply more than 250,000 households will be offering the discount, each with their own criteria and figure of the numbers of people they aim to help. This element is decided on a first come, first served basis and schemes are already booking up. If you think you might qualify contact your electricity supplier as soon as possible.

For more information on the above or for any matter relating to energy call eco@mea on 0800 112 3743