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Community Energy Action: a brief history



  • CEA officially established


  • CEA is offered a free home in the Southpower (now Orion) building
  • Curtain bank starts with 150 sets of curtains and an EECA grant
  • We begin commercial hot water cylinder wrapping


  • Paid coordinator appointed with lotteries grant
  • Start of subsidised energy efficiency products


  • Southpower (Orion) becomes an official funder


  • Warm Babies program launched, for families with new born children


  • CEA wins EECA award in the residential category


  • CEA begins working for CDHB and Environment Canterbury on the Clean Heat project


  • Launch of Elderly Health programme
  • Mainpower becomes an official funder
  • CEA achieves runner up at the EECA awards (Sustained Achievement Category)


  • Pilot begins for EECA's Warm Up New Zealand (WUNZ) insulation scheme


  • Awarded Top Achiever at EECA awards
  • CEA expands, Curtain Bank moves to seperate premises


  • CEA is an EECA provider in the nationwide WUNZ scheme
  • Official launch of CEA's energy advice service
  • Curtain Bank extends service to include whole house curtaining


  • CEA is the winner of the EECA award in the community category
  • CEA moves to Moorhouse Ave, our first independent building. This building is severely damaged in the September quakes


  • Staff work from home for several months before moving into temporary premises


  • Healthy Homes project for hospital patients in conjunction with the CDHB begins
  • Curtain Bank extends service to provide linings to all curtains


  • Milestone of 20,000 homes insulated
  • First project focussing on earthquake damaged homes begins


  • Winner EECA award (Champion Christchurch Earthquake Recovery Category)
  • Repair Well for earthquake affected homeowners with NZ Red Cross begins
  • CEA moves to permanent premises in CBD
  • Curtain Bank broadens client criteria, CSC no longer required
  • Mobile Curtain Bank begins operating
  • Assessors trained in thermography and home performance assessment


  • Warm & Well programme for earthquake affected homeowners with NZ Red Cross begins
  • CEA celebrates 21 years


  • Repair Well, Warm & Well programmes end
  • CEA partner with Environment Canterbury (ECan) on Air Quality Programme
  • CEA Curtain Bank celebrates 21 years
  • CEA begins working on the West Coast assessing and insulating Grey District Council social housing units for the elderly


  • Repair Well, Warm & Well Programme Completion Report produced
  • November 2016 Earthquake Hardship Support Project with NZ Red Cross begins
  • CEA worked closely with Buller District Council to insulate social housing units


  • CEA hosted the nationwide launch of the Governments $142m insulation and heating initiative: Warmer Kiwi Homes


  • CEA celebrated 25 years


  • CEA hosted Minister Hon. Megan Woods announcement of the increase in subsidy levels for Warmer Kiwi Homes
  • CEA celebrated 25 years of the Curtain Bank

Community Energy Action

0800 GET WARM (0800 438 9276)

+64 3 374 7222

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