Energy company plan powers
MOVES to set up an energy company:- the
Liverpool LECC; to help cut fuel poverty in the City are set to progress.
The Council's Cabinet is being asked to approve a tendering process for a
licensed energy supplier to take forward the plans.
It is proposed that the new company would sell gas and electricity at a lower
cost than other suppliers as it would operate on a not for profit basis and
would have low overheads.
It would also look to replace the current costly pre-payment meter tariffs with
Smart meter pay as you go cheaper alternatives, which, as well as enabling
householders to manage their energy consumption better ,will also help cut CO2
And the new company could also promote independent living as vulnerable
residents, who have smart meters installed could, with their consent, have their
energy use monitored. Alert systems would be set up so changes in energy use
which may, for example, indicate that a fall has happened would be noted and
action taken by care agencies to help the resident.
Businesses could also be helped to switch to cheaper tariffs with little
inconvenience. It is envisaged that the new company could start operating
by March 2017.
The Mayor of Liverpool, Joe Anderson, said:- "This is a really significant
initiative for a huge number of people in the City. 1 in 7 households live in
fuel poverty and a 3rd of all households 70,000; have to use costly
Far too many people live in dread of getting their gas and electricity bills and it is the poorest residents who are hardest hit as they are the ones who
have to use the most expensive meters.
We have been liaising with other major cities such as Nottingham, Leeds and
Bristol on this issue to come up with ways in which we can stop people falling
further into poverty because of high energy costs.
Setting up the Liverpool LECC, owned and run for Liverpool people, will provide
a realistic and practical way tens of thousands of people, will be able to cut
their fuel bills. We are now looking for a partner to take this idea forward and
are aiming to be up and running early next year."
The cabinet will be asked to approve the tendering process at its meeting on 24
Editor:- "Is the 'Care Act' failing
disabled people and carers?"
"IMAGINE having a disability and relying
on a carer to eat, get dressed or leave the house. Imagine having to give up
work to care for a loved 1 with a disability.
Just over a year ago, the
Act' was introduced to safeguard the well being of carers and those they care
I work for the disability charity Revitalise; we run the Sandpipers Respite
Break Centre in Southport. We did some research and found that the 'Care
done little to improve lives, and in many cases people are now worse off.
We found that more than ˝ of local Councils are spending less on disability
services than before, and they're also cutting their spending on respite
services. Meanwhile 1 of the core principles of the 'Care
Act', to ensure all
carers and disabled people get assessments, isn't being met.
Sadly, this is having an impact on the well being of people with disabilities
and those who look after them. 4 out of 10 are now struggling to make ends meet,
while ⅔ have had to cut back their respite and social time, leaving
them more isolated.
We believe there should be more support for disabled people and carers. Our fear
is that until local authorities get squarely behind the principles of the 'Care
Act' and they get the funding to do so; disabled people and carers will
continue to struggle to achieve even the most basic quality of life.
Revitalise provides respite breaks for disabled people and carers at Sandpipers
and 2 other accessible centres around the UK, so we know just how vital regular
respite can be. If your readers would like more information about Revitalise or
would like to support our vital work, please call us on:- 0303 303 0145 or go
Sarah Wiley, Revitalise.
Liverpool Fashion Week taking booking for catwalk slots
THE very well established Liverpool
Fashion Week will this year be held over 10 October to 13 October 2016, with
Fashione. The show is now taking booking for catwalk slots on the Opening Night,
titled:- 'Couture' also for the following nights event:-
'Emerging Talent' and the Closing Night, entitled:- 'Designers.'
For more information please contact Lifestyle Magazine's Amanda Moss via
Also to see our interview with Amanda Moss, please click on
DONG Energy to build new
multi-million pound operations facility in Merseyside
DONG Energy, the global leader in
offshore wind, will build a new operations and maintenance (O&M) facility in
Kings Wharf, Seacombe to serve its 2 offshore wind farms in the area.
The facility will consist of a new office and warehouse building on a disused
site. It will serve the existing Burbo Bank offshore wind farm and the new Burbo
Bank Extension offshore wind farm, currently under construction.
Up to 75 jobs will be created during the construction of the facility, while
around 45 people will be permanently employed at the site once it is
As part of the development, DONG Energy has committed to carry out work on the
river promenade adjacent to the site which will improve the public amenity. This
scheme has been developed through close cooperation with Wirral Council.
The announcement comes during the International Festival for Business 2016 in
Liverpool, of which DONG Energy is an official supporter.
Brent Cheshire, DONG Energy's UK Country
Chairman, said:- "I am delighted to announce that we are building this
fantastic new facility in Merseyside to serve our offshore wind farms in the
area. DONG Energy is committed to investing in the UK and we are very proud to
be playing an important role in the redevelopment of this part of Kings Wharf.
The site offers excellent offshore access and flexibility, which is exactly what
we need to efficiently operate and maintain our wind farms. It is great to
confirm this significant investment during the International Festival for
Business as well. The festival is really highlighting all the positive activity
currently happening in the North West."
Cllr Phil Davies, Leader of Wirral Council, said:- "This is another step
towards establishing Wirral and the wider City region as a leading player in the
renewable energy sector, and we look forward to further close partnership work
with DONG Energy. The development will not only create jobs and bring new skills
and expertise to the area in line with our Wirral Plan 2020 pledges; it
regenerates a site in an important docklands location."
Vessels are expected to be operated from the Seacombe Mersey Ferries terminal.
Discussions are progressing with Merseytravel with a view to entering into a
long term agreement for shared use of the terminal to facilitate daily vessel
Frank Rogers, Interim Chief Executive of Merseytravel, said:- "We are
continuing our positive conversations with DONG Energy over the potential to
share facilities. We would welcome such arrangements as not only does it help
reduce the cost of the Mersey Ferries to the public purse; 1 of the key aims of
our 20 year Mersey Ferries strategy, it also supports a new employer for the
region and the benefits that will bring."
The whole facility will comprise an area of approximately 1,800 square metres.
Enabling works for the site are currently underway and the main contractor is
expected to commence construction later in 2016 with completion scheduled for
mid 2017. Burbo Bank has been operational since 2007 and has a total
capacity of 90 megawatts (MW). The finished development will produce 258 MW,
generating enough electricity to power approximately 230,000 homes.
Burbo Bank Extension is currently under
construction and is expected to be fully operational in 2017.