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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 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

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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%
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MABS Statistics contd
  • Budgeting Weekly:

Year Quarter Weekly AV usage as % of Weekly Av Income

2007 Q1 9% €445  

2011 Q1 11% €489

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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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MABS

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