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Southampton ‘Heat Hero’ named for fuel poverty work


Jason Taylor, Energy Manager at Southampton City Council has won a prestigious Heat Hero Award, which is given to individuals who have gone above and beyond to help people living in fuel poverty in their local community. 

Jason is the Energy Manager at Southampton City Council, where he has worked for the past 11 years. He has been involved with a wide variety of energy projects in Southampton. His achievements include managing and setting up Southampton City Council’s new white-label energy provider CitizEn Energy. CitizEn Energy offers simple, fairly priced tariffs and 100% green electricity*. In addition, CitizEn Energy voluntarily signed up to Warm Home Discount for the core group, and any profits go back into projects to help improve the lives of the people within the community.

For 2018-19, there are 15 Heat Heroes from across England and Wales. The scheme is run by fuel poverty charity, National Energy Action (NEA) in partnership Valliant. The National Energy Action (NEA) is a charity which aims to eradicate fuel poverty and campaigns for greater investment in energy efficiency. The Heat Heroes were presented with their award at the House of Commons on 23 January 2019.

Nominated by Adam Goulden, Chief Executive at The Environment Centre, he said: “We felt that Jason thoroughly deserved to win a Heat Heroes award because of his perseverance in delivering fairly priced renewable energy options, and his ongoing commitment to reducing fuel poverty in Southampton and across the region. His dedication, vision and collaborative approach are a great example of local authority working, which can only be commended.”

Councillor Steve Leggett, Cabinet Member for Green City, said: “We’re incredibly proud of the fuel poverty work which Jason Taylor has been involved with, and are pleased his work has been recognised at a national level. Not only has he been fundamental in setting up CitizEn Energy, he has also been involved in many projects improving the energy efficiency of the council and helping reduce the council’s reportable CO2 emissions by over 50% since 2009.”

Jason Taylor, Energy Manager at Southampton City Council, said: “I am honoured to be nominated and named as a Heat Hero. I’m one member of the CitizEn Energy team and we are all fully committed to helping those in our society by being a fairer energy provider. Not only is CitizEn Energy supporting the local economy but we are also a catalyst for a sustainably funded fuel poverty and energy programme across Southampton and are working to develop this regionally. We know that by engaging with key organisations that work with our communities, we can deliver more and add value to each project. The more customers CitizEn Energy has the greater the benefits we can provide back to our customers and the community as a whole.”