A total of £2.5 million funding will become available in the next round of the energy industry voluntary redress scheme.

Energy Saving Trust, which was appointed by Ofgem to manage distribution of the funds to eligible charitable organisations, has announced that applications will be accepted from 15 October.

Mike Thornton, group director of operations at Energy Saving Trust, said: “This is a significant pot of money and we’re looking forward to welcoming applications from across the country that can help deliver benefits to energy consumers.

“The overarching aim of the energy redress scheme is to distribute available funds to support energy consumers in vulnerable situations and the development of products or services which will provide a benefit to certain groups of energy consumers.

“The previous round of funding attracted applications that were of a very high standard, so we’re looking forward to seeing what ideas this latest round will inspire.”

He added: “This is a terrific opportunity for organisations to tackle issues they experience with either energy consumption, understanding or availability.”

The application window will close on 16 November and an announcement on successful bidders is due in early 2019.

The energy redress scheme is funded by voluntary payments made by energy companies found to be in breach of Ofgem rules.

More than £280,000 was distributed to charities in the first tranche of funding, with six organisations benefiting. Successful bids included a scheme that encourages good energy behaviours through cooking, a pilot to test heating controls for the visually impaired and a project to install a district heating system.

Ofgem recently revealed that its enforcement decision panel (EDP) took action against just one company during 2017/18 but it expects to make “significantly more decisions” in the next 12 months.

In November last year energy supplier E was fined £260,000 after Ofgem found its sales representatives were misleading in their approach to customers.

No evidence was found to suggest any customers suffered either financially or otherwise from the breaches. However, the company was ordered to pay £260,000 to the redress fund to make amends for the failures.

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