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Energy Action Fuel Poverty Conference Dublin Castle 6 February 2012 Energy Affordability Policy - Challenges. Michael Culloty National Social Policy and Communications Officer MABS National Development Ltd. Outline Agenda. About MABS Objectives Utility debt - MABS Statistics

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Energy action fuel poverty conference dublin castle 6 february 2012 energy affordability policy challenges

Energy ActionFuel Poverty ConferenceDublin Castle6 February 2012Energy Affordability Policy - Challenges

Michael Culloty

National Social Policy and Communications Officer

MABS National Development Ltd.


Outline agenda

Outline Agenda

  • About MABS

  • Objectives

  • Utility debt - MABS Statistics

  • Affordable Energy Strategy


Mabs free confidential and independent

MABS – Free, Confidential and Independent

Objectives:

  • The provision of money advice to people in debt or in danger of getting into debt

  • Empower them by providing knowledge and skills

  • Promote change in policy and practice

  • Focus on low income families


Mabs statistics

MABS Statistics

Statistics:

  • In excess of 26,000 new active cases in 2011

  • 52% increase in clients approaching MABS since 2009

  • 15% increase in Helpline calls in 2010/11 (125% increase since 2009)

  • 70% of clients are social welfare recipients

  • 47% of clients have a mortgage


Energy utility mabs operational protocol

Energy Utility/MABS Operational Protocol

Basic Principles:

  • is designed to improve operational effectiveness of the energy suppliers/MABS engagement

  • enables and commits the suppliers and MABS to work together effectively to help clients address debt problems in an effective and realistic manner

  • accepts that each supplier adopts a different approach to debt recovery and each case of indebtedness is unique

  • recognises the concepts of full disclosure and debt settlement

  • commits energy suppliers and MABS to work together to formulate a mutually acceptable, affordable and sustainable repayment plan

    Note: Protocol focus is on process – but obviously the goal is to avoid disconnection


Mabs statistics contd

MABS Statistics contd.

No. Of Clients Approaching with Energy Debts

  • 2007 to 2011 Increase of 150%

    Client indebtedness approaching MABS with Energy Debts

  • 2007 to 2011 Increase of 145%


Mabs statistics contd1

MABS Statistics contd

  • Budgeting Weekly:

    Year Quarter Weekly AV usage as % of Weekly Av Income

    2007 Q1 9% €445  

    2011 Q1 11% €489


Mabs statistics in context eu silc

MABS Statistics in Context – EU SILC


Mabs stats contd

MABS Stats contd.


Causes of energy poverty strategy for affordable energy three factors drivers identified

Causes of Energy PovertyStrategy for Affordable Energy – three factors/drivers Identified

  • Household Income

    • Income adequacy – enough income to participate in society and exercise choice - Persistent Income inadequacy – provides recurrent household budgetary management problems.

    • Lack of savings/ access to credit - for contingencies

    • Creditor Pressure - Lack of Prioritisation

    • Lack of money management/budgeting skills


Causes of energy poverty strategy for affordable energy three factors drivers identified1

Causes of Energy PovertyStrategy for Affordable Energy – three factors/drivers Identified

2. Price of Energy

  • Price Fluctuation

  • Unbanked – no access to cheapest tariff – poor energy credit history

  • Prolonged cold spells


Causes of energy poverty strategy for affordable energy three factors drivers identified2

Causes of Energy PovertyStrategy for Affordable Energy – three factors/drivers Identified

  • Energy Efficiency of the Building

    • Reduction in demand essential

    • Thermal efficiency is basic

    • Capital Investment not income support the priority


Affordable energy strategy key tasks

Affordable Energy Strategy – Key Tasks

Vulnerable Consumers and Codes of practice -(19 , 23, 24 & 45)

  • A definition: MABS recognises a vulnerable consumer to be someone who for reasons of age, health or disability, the disconnection of gas or electricity presents a clear threat to their or a member of their household’s health or wellbeing.

  • Codes Supervision – More proactive

  • Code for non- regulated suppliers – supervision vital

  • Reporting – verification – will the Energy Utility/MABS Operational Protocol be included


Affordable energy strategy key tasks1

Affordable Energy Strategy – Key Tasks

Fuel Switching (12 & 20 & 21)

  • System switching – Local knowledge, capital investment

  • Price Switching - Low tariffs available to low income consumers

  • - Available through the proposed BPA – standing orders

    Aligning income supports (14)– Energy efficiency and demands on income

  • This demands individual energy and income/ expenditure audits


Affordable energy strategy key tasks2

Affordable Energy Strategy – Key Tasks

Metering: (16)

  • Acceptance of metering

  • Self Disconnection

  • Access to payment methods

    Avoiding disconnection (29)

  • Arrears agreements to be affordable and sustainable

  • No disconnection for Domestic ‘can’t pay’ consumers

  • Permission for third party involvement before disconnection


Affordable energy strategy key tasks3

Affordable Energy Strategy Key Tasks

  • Strengthening consumer protection (CER) (17)

  • Sharing of Data (15) (29) – possible clusters - tailored responses

  • Single Points of Contact (37 & 38 & 39) a Local central point for information and advice

  • Information and education (33 to 36) – a Local central point for information and advice

  • Developing local responses (42) – strong working partnerships


Energy action fuel poverty conference dublin castle 6 february 2012 energy affordability policy challenges

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