Funded Research

In 2010, three inaugral grants were awarded by the Chesshire Lehmann Fund, one under community action and the other two under the research funding stream. Those to benefit from the awards included the not-for-profit community group Institute for the Inhabitants of West Knowle; an Mphil research student from Keele University; and an MSc research student from Oxford University. The three grants have all supported evaluative work into different issues around fuel poverty and energy efficiency.

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In 2011, a further three research grants were awarded to the University of Birmingham; Loughborough University and Balsall Heath is our Planet.

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In 2012, three research grants have been awarded to researchers at Nottingham Trent University, University College London Energy Institute and Liverpool John Moores University. Two community action grants have also been awarded to Umbrella Fair Organisation in Northampton and Community Enterprise East London.

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In 2013, three research grants have been awarded for projects to address fuel poverty. Two research grants are to support academics at Leeds University and the other is providing support to a community group, Re:work Ltd. 

One of the 2013 CLF projects supported at Leeds University have developed an online tool to help local energy planners reduce fuel poverty:

Leeds researchers Ruth Bush and Dr Catherine Bale launch tool to help local energy planners reduce fuel poverty

•             ‘Heat-planning’ tool promotes district heating

•             The online tool could help councils  cut household fuel bills

 

Researchers from the Centre for Integrated Energy Research (CIER) at Leeds have today (09/07/2014) launched the Leeds Heat Planning Tool, a district heating planning tool for England and Wales. District heating can reduce household fuel bills by as much as 40% under the right business models. It makes use of highly efficient generation technologies such as combined heat and power plants or heat that would otherwise go to waste.

 

District heating has been highlighted as an important energy technology for the UK’s future low-carbon energy system. The Leeds Heat Planning Tool, developed by researchers Ruth Bush and Dr Catherine Bale and funded by the Chesshire Lehmann Fund, offers energy planners a quick and simple way to include social considerations, such as fuel poverty, right from the early stages of planning a district heating development. “Many local authorities are keen to use the opportunity that district heating presents to reduce carbon emissions and fuel poverty at the same time,” said Ruth Bush. “This tool offers an evidence base for planners to build a strong business case to ensure this can happen.”

 

Use the free online tool and see the accompanying report and video and at:

http://sure-infrastructure.leeds.ac.uk/leedsheatplanningtool/
 
Other CLF funded research undertaken by Leeds University's Sustainability Research Institute in 2013 has now been published online at http://authors.elsevier.com/sd/article/S2214629615000213. This report defines energy vulnerability using data on the lived experience of the fuel poor.

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In 2014, eight grants were awarded to projects researching the impact of fuel poverty. Research grants were made to Sheffield Hallam University; University of Ulster; Durham University; and De Montfort University. Community action grants were awarded to Rural Action Derbyshire; Carbon Co-op; Bradford Environmental Trust; and Low Carbon East Oxford.

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In 2015, four grants have been awarded to the following organisations: Centre for Sustainable Energy; Beat the Cold; Energise Sussex Coast and the University of Sussex.

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Research supported by the Chesshire Lehmann Fund can be viewed via the links at the bottom of the page. These reports are also available to download via NEA's online research database - http://www.nea.org.uk/fuel-poverty-research-publication-database
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