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Energy partnership working arrangements

Scarborough Town HallA public meeting of a recently created scrutiny task group will be held on Tuesday 7 February at the Town Hall in Scarborough to discuss energy partnership working arrangements.


The Energy Partnership Working Arrangements task group, made up from elected members of Scarborough Borough Council has been set up to look at the current agreement and gain a full understanding of the partnership’s working arrangements between the council and the Yorkshire Energy Partnership (YEP) as well as the effectiveness of working arrangements between the YEP and other partners.  The Yorkshire Energy Partnership is a company owned and managed by councils across York and North Yorkshire as well as Leeds Metropolitan University and Joseph Rowntree Housing Trust. For more information visit

The YEP provides free independent energy savings advice to consumers and is a leading not-for-profit sustainability company within the region which offers money-saving, energy efficient solutions to help homes, businesses and communities to choose affordable, sustainable alternatives whilst cuttings costs at the same time.


The group is also looking at previous barriers to schemes such as the Community Energy Saving Programme and aims to develop an insight on lessons learned prior to the introduction of new schemes such as the ‘Green Deal’ which intends to reduce carbon emissions cost effectively by revolutionising the energy efficiency of British properties.


Cllr Colin Challen, Chairman of the task group said:

‘Yorkshire Energy Partnership has worked with the Council to deliver thousands of energy efficiency savings for local people, but we know there is still a lot of work to be done. The object of this review is to see whether our arrangements are capable of delivering the best possible value for residents at a time when the government is making significant changes to the energy savings programmes.’


The public session next week will be posing questions and listening to various speakers regarding their views on energy partnerships working arrangements, including Councillor Bill Chatt, the Cabinet Member for Housing, Public Health, Property Maintenance and Sustainability; Hugh Cripps, Chief Executive for Yorkshire Energy Partnership, Chris Delaney and Jenny Jenson also of Yorkshire Energy Partnership; Ruth Abbott of York City Council as well as Andrew Cooper of TADEA.


The meeting starts at 9.30am and will be held in the Council Chamber at Scarborough Town Hall, members of the public are invited to attend.

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