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55 npower employees power into North Sea for Macmillan Cancer Support

For the second year in a row, 55 employees from npower’s North-East headquarters have today plunged into the North Sea to raise money for partner charity of 11 years, Macmillan Cancer Support.

After raising a staggering £168,000 for Macmillan in 2014, the North Sea Dip kick-starts npower’s  new year of fundraising. This year, its employees are challenged to each raise £203 – the equivalent of funding a vital Macmillan nurse for a day – which npower promises to match pound for pound.

Accompanying the group, Customer Services Director Gareth Pickles said, “This event was extremely popular last year and there’s no better reason to run into a freezing-cold sea than doing so for Macmillan Nurses. Our North-East employees contributed over £70,000, which npower matched last year, but hopefully we’ll do even better for the nurses in 2015.”

npower’s £203 employee challenge comes at a time of growing demand for Macmillan services. Macmillan predicts that there are now 2.5 million people living with cancer in the UK in 2015, which is an increase of almost half a million people in the last five years alone.

Sarah Griffiths, Senior Partnership Manager at Macmillan Cancer Support said, “I’d like to thank each and every one of the npower employees who ‘brrrraved’ the North Sea challenge to raise vital funds for Macmillan! Our nurses are a lifeline for people affected by cancer and their friends and families, offering free expert support, advice and guidance when it is needed most. No one should face cancer alone, and thanks to the continued fundraising of our partners like npower, one day no one will.”

The npower and Macmillan partnership is at the forefront of change in corporate philanthropy. By combining Macmillan’s knowledge of the day-to-day stresses of people living with cancer, with npower’s commitment to make a real difference to the lives of its most vulnerable customers, we  have put in place a Fuel Management Programme and dedicated Macmillan energy advisors on the Macmillan Support Line, helping more people out of fuel poverty and to keep warm without the worry.

If you or someone you know has been affected by cancer and would like more details on the partnership’s Fuel Management Programme, please call the Macmillan Support Line free on 0808 808 0000. If you would like more information on what npower does to support Macmillan, please visit npower.com/Macmillan.

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Charlie Martin

0845 070 2807 

Getting help to people sooner: Ofgem confirms npower energy efficiency targets excess actions

npower has received confirmation from the regulator Ofgem that it over-delivered on CERT and CESP targets by 6% and 7% respectively. This over delivery is known as 'excess actions'.

CERT (Carbon Emission Reduction Target) and CESP (Community Energy Saving Programme) were government schemes that energy suppliers were obliged to deliver between 2008-2012.

Not all energy suppliers/generators met CERT AND CESP targets and fines were recently levied by the regulator Ofgem.

The excess actions delivered by npower meant that around 60,000 extra homes benefitted early from insulation and energy efficiency measures, ensuring those who needed the help the most received it sooner rather than later.

David Titterton, Director of Domestic Energy Services at npower said: “Exceeding these targets reflects how hard our people have worked day in, day out to make people’s homes cosy and warm. They’ve met every target ever set by Government – and always aim to exceed expectations.

“Obviously this is great news for all our customers, as it helps us manage our obligation costs going forward. It also means that we were able to help those most in need sooner rather than later. Another consequence of over delivering on CERT and CESP is that we have already started to make progress towards our targets for ECO2, something we will work closely with our suppliers to address.

“Energy efficiency schemes are a force for good, but they could deliver so much more, especially for vulnerable households, through better data sharing between Government, the regulator and energy suppliers.”

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Littlebrook Power Station hosting community drop in sessions

The 1,140 MW oil-fired Littlebrook Power Station in Kent, is scheduled to cease operations on the 31 March and close. The station was opted out of the Large Combustion Plant Directive (LCPD) in 2008 meaning that it had to  close by the end of 2015 or after 10,000 hours of operation.

In Spring 2014 RWE announced that due to difficult market conditions the main units would close earlier than originally predicted.

 

In order to give local people an opportunity to find out more about upcoming activities at the station and what’s involved in its closure, two drop-in sessions are being held.

 

At the drop-in sessions you will have the opportunity to meet members of the Littlebrook decommissioning team and reflect on the history of 75 years of electricity generation at the site. We will also be on hand to answer any questions you might have about the closure and eventual demolition of the power station.

 

The events will be taking place, on the following dates and you are warmly invited to attend:

 

Tuesday 24th February

St Edmund’s Church,

The Living Well Centre,

Temple Hill,

Dartford, DA1 5ND

11am - 7pm

 

Wednesday 25th February

The Nucleus,

Bridge Estate,

Dartford, DA1 5PF

11am - 4pm

 

Construction started on Littlebrook D Power Station in 1976 and it holds the record for the largest electricity production output of any 2,000 MW station in the UK within any one year. This record generation was during its operational time as a three unit station during the UK miners’ strike. More recently, the station has played an important role in providing electricity during times of peak demand. Littlebrook is the last major non gas-fired power station to close in the Greater London area.

 

The original Littlebrook A Power Station first started generating electricity in 1939. The current station is the fourth to be built on the site, and began commercial operation in 1981.