Local Energy Advice Demonstrator

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Local Energy Advice Demonstrator Programme

The NEY Net Zero Hub is working with the Department for Energy Security and Net Zero and the four other Net Zero Hubs to deliver a Local Energy Advice Demonstrator programme that will fund innovative projects piloting new approaches to providing local in-person energy advice.

The programme will provide funding of up to £2m to individual projects that can be delivered over the 2023-2024 and 2024-2025 financial years. 

The aim of the local energy advice pilots is to test various approaches to delivering in-person advice, with a particular focus on harder-to-treat properties and digitally excluded consumer groups.

  • Hard-to-treat buildings – the UK has the oldest building stock in Europe. In-person visits can better capture the complexities of these building types, which are harder to address through digital and telephone advice. 
  • Hard-to-reach consumers – local, in-person advice may extend the service to certain consumer types e.g., the elderly, disengaged, those with limited internet access, minority ethnic groups, etc.


The pilots form part of the multi-channel home energy advice service being developed by Department for Energy Security and Net Zero which also includes a new energy retrofit advice service on GOV.UK to help people better understand how to make energy efficiency improvements to their home, and the upcoming launch of a free retrofit phoneline service.

The programme opened to applications on 17th March 2023, with a deadline for returning completed applications to the Net Zero Hub by 21st April 2023. All programme documentation can be accessed below:

 – LEAD Call for Projects

 – LEAD Programme Guidance

 – LEAD Application Form

 – Risk Register

The Net Zero Hub has hosted a series of free webinars for organisations that may be interested in bidding to deliver a project. The slides from the webinar held on 27th March 2023 can be viewed here: Local Energy Advice Demonstrator Briefing Slides. The recording of the webinar is also available at the following link: Local Energy Advice Demonstrator – Webinar – YouTube

For more information please contact Nicole Huston at: Nicole.Huston@teesvalley-ca.gov.uk