Community Energy Saving Programme (CESP)


CESP targets households across Great Britain, in areas of low income, to improve energy efficiency standards, and reduce fuel bills. There are 4,500 areas eligible for CESP. CESP is funded by an obligation on energy suppliers and electricity generators. It is expected to deliver up to £350m of efficiency measures. A list of eligible areas is contained in the Communities: areas of low income document.

CESP promotes a “whole house” approach i.e. a package of energy efficiency measures best suited to the individual property. The programme is delivered through the development of community-based partnerships between Local Authorities (LAs), community groups and energy companies, via a house-by-house, street-by-street approach. This partnership working allows CESP to be implemented in a way that is best suited to individual areas and coordinated with other local and national initiatives. Up to 400 schemes are expected, benefiting around 90,000 homes and saving nearly 2.9m tonnes of CO2 emissions. CESP is expected to deliver annual average fuel bill savings for those households involved of up to £300.

CESP is administered by Ofgem.


Recent developments

CESP commenced on 1st  September 2009 and British Gas launched the first 'live'.

CESP scheme in Walsall in January 2010.  As of 30th September 2011 there were over 160 live CESP schemes.

CESP Evaluation

DECC commissioned a comprehensive and independent evaluation of CESP. A report on the findings of the process and householder experience research streams of this  evaluation was published on 28 October 2011. The physical monitoring research stream is continuing until 2012 and the results of this will be published towards the end of 2012.

A synthesis report drawing together the results of the CESP evaluation and  an evaluation of the Carbon Emissions  Reduction Target (CERT) scheme is also available:

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