Devon Sustainable Energy Network
Domestic Energy & Health Sub-Group Meeting
3rd October 2006, 10.30am – 12.30pm
Senate Chamber, Northcote House, University of Exeter
Claire Bircham – Partnership Development Officer (South West), EAGA
Martin Eibl – Devon Affordable Warmth Officer, NEA
Graham Horler – Director, Westcountry Energy Action
Janet Ventry – Housing Corporation
Melanie Sealey – RE4D Project Manager, Devon County Council
Fiona Swan – DSEN Secretariat
Cllr John Travis
1. Minutes of Last Meeting
All agreed they were fine.
2. Matters Arising
Actions carried over: GH chase JH for details of the Home Heat Helpline
Phil Roberts to give feedback on ROC’s
ME gave a brief update on the Devon Affordable Warmth Meeting, was quite positive and he will be speaking
to Keith Williams about arranging a meeting with all HECA Officers to review the Devon Affordable Warmth
The Housing Association Conference will be held in Torquay, JR suggested that DSEN could piggy-back on
West Country HA to attend. Action: GH will contact Clive Liggate about next year’s conference.
The South West Housing, Health and Fuel Poverty Forum was held over the summer, GOSW would like to see
an Energy Champion representative from Devon. Jo Nicholson sent round details of this with the minutes of
the last meeting. Hopefully next year DSEN will be able to send someone, ME is talking to GOSW about this.
Action: ME to follow up.
Gareth Walton will circulate details when available of the next visit to the straw bale house for anyone who
would like to attend.
3. Feedback from the DSEN Steering Group – Graham Horler and Fiona Swan.
Meeting was well attended and very positive, people very motivated and realised the need for a step change
in terms of a sustainable energy for Devon. The Steering Group has decided to set up a sub group to look at
the Devon Renewable Energy Strategy (DRES) and possibility of updating it to a Devon Sustainable Energy
Strategy (DSES), and the way forward for DSEN.
See LSP Paper attached. It was also noted that following on from the Devon Declaration on Climate Change
and Fuel Poverty, this presents and opportunity to support coordinated action. GH also highlighted the DSEN
funding crisis which has led to withdrawal of funding for Local Energy Support Team which supports DSEN as
secretariat. This document has already been presented to Torbay and Plymouth Strategic Partnership’s. It will
be going to Devon LSP at the beginning of November. There will be a workshop run by DSEN early in
November to discuss the strategy.
ME asks how will the DSES get buy-in from other sectors, eg, fuel poverty. And where does the DAWS fit in?
FS points out that DAWS will be a part of the DSES but still a stand alone document. Discussion ensued over
the tensions between providing affordable warmth and sustainable energy. (Warm Front actually raises
peoples’ carbon footprints.) ME asserts that this should be raised within the strategy. Political issues of where
the responsibility lies for each strategy – DAWS with the districts but DSES with the county. John Sunderland
will be an important catalyst in drawing this all together in his various roles.
DSES also focuses on making money which will be important in attracting other sectors.
4a. Affordable Warmth Update – Martin Eibl
NEA is running several awareness sessions having won the Silver Jubilee Award. Invites are going out to
councillors, LA’s and other agencies this week for workshops in Newton Abbot on 25/10/06 and Barnstaple on
26/10/06. ME is hoping to get some practical feedback on the DAWS at these workshops. FS notes that it will
be worth mentioning the DSES.
4b. RE4D Update - Melanie Sealey
There is nothing else like RE4D going on at all at the moment. Householders will be given advice through
Holly Tiffen (Renewable Energy Advisor) at the Devon EEAC. She will be advising them on grants processes,
possible planning issues and local installers (who will have been vetted by RE4D). Part of the Business Liaison
Officers role will be to liaise with large scale developers as well as the smaller installers. There are hopes to
roll out RE4D after its 12 month evaluation in April 2007.
Also noted was that B&Q are now selling solar thermal panels and Windsave turbines, both eligible for LCBP
grant funding when using an accredited installer. The Windsave turbine is sold as an installed package using
Mark Insulations as the installer. This is a good development because it brings renewables into the
mainstream and will hopefully reduce the prices.
5. Sub Group Action Plan
The steering group was happy with the action plan; DEHSG is further ahead than the other sub groups due to
the funded organisations that are part of it. It was decided not to look at this in too much depth because
none of the HECA officers were present. GH noted the EEAC and WcEA’s achievements in generating referrals
for insulation schemes: 1200 people in Exeter, Warm Up Exeter also targets the 14-18k income bracket who
often miss out through other schemes. 1150 in West Devon, 500 in North Devon. There will also be Warm Up
schemes launching in Mid Devon and South Hams soon. People are targeted using direct mailouts, radio, and
anything else that works! GH is looking into carbon saving calculations.
The Warm Up schemes use Miller Pattison as the installer because they have been found reliable and cost
Action: FS will send out the action plan with the minutes again.
?300 heating improvements voucher for over 60’s who are not eligible for Warm Front. Only 273 people have
actually taken up this offer so far. Customers must phone WF to apply.
WcEA is running a Housing Standards for Sustainability training course on the 10
th October, it is aimed at
housing managers. After the EST LEST funding ends there will be a need for more funding particularly for
workshops like this.
Date of Next Meeting
thTuesday 5 December 2006
10am – 12.30pm
Northcote House, University of Exeter