Marches Energy Agency
Based in Shrewsbury, Marches Energy Agency (MEA) was established in 1995 as the Shropshire Energy Team by Shropshire County Council with funding from the European Commission. In 1998 MEA became independent adopting its current name, and registered as a charity and company limited by guarantee. It receives no public subsidy or core funding and is funded by financial support for climate change and sustainable energy projects alone. It currently employs 17 staff.
MEA is one the UK's leading sustainable energy and climate change social enterprises. MEA strives to 'create the climate for change'. It operates at local, regional (Midlands), and European levels to deliver a portfolio of innovative and effective projects contributing to a lower carbon society and ensuring communities, organisations, businesses and households embrace sustainable energy opportunities.
MEA aims to foster the more efficient use of energy and, where appropriate, renewable energy sources to deliver the commitment of the Region and UK to the climate change challenge, whilst helping to achieve a sustainable, secure and affordable supply of energy for everyone. It aims to move forward on these goals in ways that strengthen the economic capability of the areas in which it works.
The vision of MEA is to bring about the more sustainable use and generation of energy through education, demonstration and inspiration. This vision will be achieved through progress on the following goals:
- to reduce carbon emissions by supporting the uptake of sustainable energy technologies
- to address barriers and bring about behavioural change through education
- to engage communities in delivering their own visions, ensuring carbon savings and benefits are sustained
- to understand and tackle fuel poverty within all households.