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The Green Deal — Keeping Homes Warm

Green Assess — Green Deal Reports — February 18th 2013

Home owners struggling to afford the rising energy bills will be given a helping hand as part of the new Green Deal scheme to insulate their homes......Read more

 

£125m cashback scheme is launched

Green Assess — Green Deal Advice — January 16th 2013

Edward Davey, Energy and Climate Change Secretary, announced the launch of the Green Deal Cashback Scheme on the 14th January, this will enable households throughout the country to book a Green Deal Report and are ready to have energy saving improvements made to their residences from 28 January could receive over £1,000....Read More

 

Green Deal Gets A Step Closer

Green Assess — Green Deal Advice — December 21st 2012

The Green Deal, the Government's flagship energy efficiency home improvement scheme is on its last push before the scheme comes into force on January 28th 2012.....Read more

 

Green Deal gets new marketing plan to raise public awareness

Green Deal Assess — Green Deal Advice — December 14th 2012

In the hope to raise more public awareness of the Green Deal the DECC has been allowed an exemption from the Government's marketing freeze. The Green Deal set to Launch January 28 2013 is aimed at making properties more energy efficient....Read more

 

Greg Barker gets chatty about the Green Deal

Green Deal Reports — Green Deal Advice — November 25th 2012

The Green Deal is here and it’s here to stay Greg Barker, Minister for Energy and Climate Change has said.

He was taking part in a online chat about the Green Deal on the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) website. Read more

 

The Green Deal - Happier landlords and warmer tenants

Green Deal Reports — Green Deal Advice — November 16th 2012

With another cold winter approaching there is good news for landlords and their tenants with the launch of the Green Deal early next year. The Green Deal is a Government initiative aimed at improving energy efficiency in the UK housing stock. This will allow landlords to carry out energy efficiency improvements without any capital expenditure. Read more

 

The Green Deal - Getting us out of fuel poverty

Green Deal Central - Green Deal Advice — November 7th 2012

If you find that paying your fuel bills is a bit of a struggle and you are thinking the next step for you is to join the Green Deal, then if that's the case you may find this all the evidence you need to get you going. Read more

 

Save money with Green Deal Advice

Green Assess - Green Deal Advice — October 17th 2012

The green deal is here! Here is a short summary: rather than having to fork out for those costly energy efficiency improvements up front, from January 2013 you can arrange for a Green Deal Report to be carried out on your property and get your plan underway.

The cost of these energy saving measures including cavity-wall and loft insulation to boilers and solar panels will be paid for through your savings. If you decide to move home, this green deal loan remains with the house. Read more

 

Seven cities to host Green Deal pilot projects

businessgreen — September 21st 2012

A fund of £12m will be given to Seven cities to run pilot projects of the government's flagship Green Deal energy efficiency scheme, delivering around 2,500 retrofits to both domestic households and non-domestic properties.

All Seven cities, Birmingham, Bristol, Leeds, Manchester, Newcastle, Nottingham and Sheffield, submitted very 'ambitious' proposals to lower emmisions. The Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) said the new finance, which comes from the £200m Green Deal launch incentives fund, "would support their plans to test key elements of the Green Deal".

The Green Deal scheme will encourage both buisnesses and householders to install measures such as insulation or double-glazed windows to improve energy efficiency, at no upfront cost, instead the loan will be paid back through their energy bills.

DECC said the work is intended to raise awareness off the Green Deal and support future Green Deal activity in the cities, as well as provide support to local supply chains.

Ed Davey, Energy Secretary added, "These cities have really ambitious plans to lower their emissions, reduce energy use and help people save money on their bills."

"This funding will help them get up and running, and I look forward to seeing a number of properties across whole communities get the energy efficient improvements they need."

 

 

Local authorities urged to play their part in the Green Deal and ECO

businessgreen — July 27th 2012

DECC launches guide to help local councils draw up plans to promote greater energy efficiency.

Local authorities will be expected to draw up plans to boost energy efficiency in their areas, under government proposals designed to help ensure the success of its forthcoming Green Deal scheme.

The Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) yesterday issued new guidance for local councils in England to help them improve the energy efficiency of their housing stock.

The government hopes local authorities will plan a key role in ensuring the widespread take-up of the Green Deal energy efficiency loan scheme and ECO scheme, which places a requirement on energy companies to help people in fuel poverty to install measures such as insulation.

Under the Home Energy Conservation Act, councilors are required to publish a report on their plans to achieve improved energy efficiency by 31 March 2013. But the guidance also asks councils to consider how other organisations such as social housing providers could play a part in the plans.

Minister visits energy efficiency makeover estate

24dash — July 27th 2012

A Government Minister has visited a Milton Keynes housing estate to see first hand how energy efficiency measure are transforming the lives of local residents.

Energy and Climate Change Minister Greg Barker met tenants from The Lakes Estate this week - where nearly 50 council-owned homes are undergoing refurbishment as part of a £7.7m project to make them warmer and greener.

The work, which includes installing double glazing, external wall insulation and new cladding, replacing boilers and installing new warm flat roofs, is being carried out by Apollo, part of the housing and regeneration company Keepmoat, on behalf of Milton Keynes Council.

Barry Clay, Contracts Manager for Keepmoat, said: "Energy Efficiency is high on the agenda right now and Keepmoat are highly experienced at providing this type regeneration work.

The Green Deal receives House of Lords approval

homeheatingguide.co.uk — July 25th 2012

By approving the framework underpinning the Green Deal another milestone has been passed leaving the Government's revolutionary home insulation retrofit scheme on track for its October launch.

In a statement DECC said "in our consultation response, we confirmed Governments intention to introduce the Green Deal through supporting a responsible and controlled approach with full national systems testing, this is to ensure the market has the opportunity to build steadily.

From 8th August the Green Deal Oversight and registration Body will begin registering assessors, providers and installers. Ahead of the opening Register of Green Deal Participants, we will publish the Green Deal Provider Authorisation Guidance - essential reading for potential Green Deal providers on what they need to do to become established and authorised in the role."

The statement went on to reveal that authorised and accredited assessors will be able to start operating from October, so that by the end of January 2013 - when the relevant parts of the framework regulations are set to come into effect - consumers wanting to take up the scheme will be in a position to complete a Green Deal Plan.

Foreign Secretary on Climate Change

DECC — April 25th 2012

Under this Coalition government, the Foreign Office has a renewed sense of mission. It is a mission to promote Britain's national interest, while tirelessly working for a world which is more secure, more stable, more free and more prosperous.

In no area is this more relevant than the fight against climate change. Today ministers from more than 20 countries will meet in London with the goal of speeding up global progress on clean energy. I am in no doubt that we must meet this challenge, not only to safeguard the sustainability of our planet and the security of our energy, but also to ensure we are at the front of the queue when it comes to the jobs and industries of the future.

We are at the start of a global shift from a high- to a low-carbon economy. The shift will be driven by those countries that transform their own economies so as to better compete in rapidly expanding global markets.

Davey to Host International Clean Energy Talks

DECC— April 23rd 2012

Floating wind turbines are to be the initial focus of a new agreement between Britain and the United States this week as internation talks convene in London to accelerate the deployment of clean energy technologies.

Energy Ministers from 23 of the world's largest economies will gather in London on Wednesday and Thursday to discuss accelerating the transition to clean energy technologies.

The Clean Energy Ministerial will be co-chaired by UK Energy Secretary Edward Davey and US Energy Secretary Steven Chu.

Alongside the talks, Ed Davey will sign a number of bilateral agreements with counterparts from other governments to work in collaboration over the coming years.

Deputy Prime Minister Unveils More Help for Poorest Under Government Home Improvement Scheme

DECC — April 11th 2012

The Deputy Prime Minister has announced that at least £540 million of the government's home energy efficiency programme - worth £1.3bn per year - will be targeted at helping the poorest.

In a speech to a leading environment and industry figures in London, Nick Clegge reveaed the support will protect the poorest and most vulnerable in society, including people in depriced areas, from rising energy bills by upgrading their homes so that they are cheaper to heat for good.

The Green Deal is the government's plan to upgrade the nation's hardest to heat homes at no upfront cost. Where the cost of the work outweighs the saving, or people need extra financial help, energy companies will be able to step in to top up the loan under the Energy Company Obligation.

CO2 emissions at lowest level in 40 years

ft.com — March 29th 2012

UK emissions of carbon dioxide, the main greenhouse gas, have plunged to their lowest levels since records began more than 40 years ago, according to the energy and climate change department.

One of the biggest reasons for the fall to just 456m tonnes last year was greater use of nuclear power, according to the data - released on the same day two German companies announced they were dropping plans to build reactors in the UK.

A warmer winter in 2011, especially compared with the great freeze of 2010, was another important factor.

A department spokesman confirmed last years level was the lowest since DECCs carbon emission records started in 1970, at a time when heavy manufacturing plants were much more dominant in Britains industrial landscape and belched out 685m tonnes of carbon.

Fuel poverty is rising in social housing and needs to be addressed

24dash — March 28th 2012

The Government has put restrictions on social landlords access to Energy Company Obligation funding - which will top up Green Deal finance.

But fuel poverty is rising is social housing and is a significant issue that needs to be addressed, warns an industry expert.

Energy efficiency certificate changes for landlords

Peterborough today — March 28th 2012

Landlords are being reminded about changes to Energy Performance Certificates (EPC) which will affect rental properties in the UK.

An EPC gives information on the energy efficiency and environmental impact of a property, and is mandatory for all private-rented sector homes.

From April 6, 2012, landlords and lettings agents will have just seven days to produce an EPC after they have started to market the property to new tenants, rather than 28 days which was previously expected.

The full EPC report must now be provided to prospective tenants, rather than just the graph showing energy efficiency.

David Salusbury, chairman, National Landlords Association, said: "EPCs give tenants vital information about the energy efficiency of their property and also contain an estimate of their utility bills."

"They also help landlords make informed decisions about how to upgrade the energy efficiency of their properties by recommending improvements."

Green Deal boost for small businesses

DECC — March 22nd 2012

In a keynote speech on 20th March at the annual ecobuild conference in London, Climate Change minister Greg Barker announced the coalition is to cut more red tape to allow small businesses in to the Green Deal market.

The Green Deal is the governments plan to improve the nations draughty homes at no up front cost to the consumer. It will be launched later this year.

Greg Barker said:

"I want to see a thriving Green Deal market which means we must make it as easy, as cheap and as straight forward as possible for businesses of any size to get involved. So i have cut the red tape to help promote a competitive market and reduce costs which will not help small businesses in particular but will also make the Green Deal a better deal for consumers."

In his speech Greg Barker also announced;

"Removal of the requirement to hold a surety bond in case of insolvency, Feedback from the consultation indicated having such a bond would be very costly, especially for smaller Green Deal providers and would act as a disincentive to join the market. Instead requirements will now be included within the Green Deal Framework Regulations and Green Deal Arrangements Agreement to ensure that a Green Deal providers ongoing obligations are fulfilled by the person who is entitled to the payments under a Green Deal Plan.

New Bristol Biomass Plant to benefit local community

DECC — March 12th 2012

Permission was granted today for a new 150MW dedicated biomass power stationer at Royal Portbury Dock in the Port of Bristol, North Somerset

The consent allows E.ON Climate and Renewables to construct a plant which could provide enough electricity to power up to 160,000 homes. The new plant will create up to 325 temporary jobs during construction, 35 full time jobs during operations and a further 20 contract personnel during routine and annual maintenance.

The plant will be fuelled mainly by imported virgin wood, dedicated energy crops and locally sourced waste wood.

E.ON will also set up a Community Investment Fund, which will contribute to £50,000 per annum for every year that the plant is operating, to support charitable and/or educational community projects. £75,000 will also be allocated to trial green buses and improve cycle routes in the local area.

Green Deal gets £3.5million cash injection

DECC — March 8th 2012

The Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) has announced that it will provide £3.5million worth of funding to help train energy assessors and installers to participate in the upcoming Green Deal.

The Green Deal is the coalition Governments flagship environmental policy that holds lofty ambition of transforming the UK's property stock from draughty, inefficient buildings into more energy-efficient properties. A quarter of the UK's carbon emissions are a direct result of domestic energy consumption, with a similar amount attributed commercial energy consumption. Government estimate that the Green Deal will support 65,000 jobs by 2015 and significantly reduce the Uks emissions and energy consumption.

Ed Davey throws weight behind green energy by opening giant UK windfarm

guardian — February 14th 2012

The new energy secretary, Lib Dem MP Ed Davey, will face down the growing army of renewable power critics inside the coalition by making his first major outing a visit to a wind project.

He will open the world´s biggest offshore windfarm on Thursday — the £1.2bn Walney Scheme, off Cumbria, with more than 100 turbines generating enough power for 320,000 homes.

Davey Said: “Britain has a lot to be proud of in our growing offshore wind sector. Our island´s tremendous natural resource, our research base and a proud history of engineering make this the no 1 destination for investment in offshore wind.

“And Walney is the newest, biggest and fastest built jewel in that crown, providing clean power for hundreds of thousands of homes”

Ed Davey launches Energy Efficiency Deployment Office

Department of Energy and Climate Change — February 10th 2012

New Energy and Climate Secretary Ed Davey officially launched the Energy Efficiency Deployment Office (EEDO), a dedicated team within the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC), at John Lewis Partnership's Peter Jones store in Sloane Square, London, yesterday.

EEDO has been set up to drive forward energy efficiency policy and make it more relevant to peoples every day lives. It will help to deliver the Green Deal, alongside other energy saving policies.

Addressing business leaders at the launch Mr. Davey began by saying: "I'm hugely enthusiastic about energy efficiency. It's the cheapest way of cutting our carbon - and cutting bills for consumers. It has to be at the heart of what we do. Thats why the Energy Efficiency Deployment Office was set up."

"EEDO will be a centre of expertise, challenging our work and making energy efficiency real and relevant to people's everyday lives." he added.

He pointed out that two out of three consumers think their home is wasting energy. More than a third of consumers aren't aware that energy suppliers offer cheap insulation. "for families facing higher bills, more efficiency could make a real difference. Homes without insulation could save hundreds by getting lofts lagged and wall treated.

Going for growth means going for green

Department of Energy and Climate Change — February 6th 2012

Deputy Prime Minister and new Energy and Climate Change Secretary to visit green homes testing site.

Offshore wind industry to commit to a vision that more than 50% of supply chain content should come from UK firms.

Community energy efficiency grants: 155 projects today awarded share of £5.1m.

Newly-appointed Energy and Climate Change Secretary Edward Davey will hit the ground running today, joining Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg in sending a clear signal that green growth and green jobs will remain at the heart of the Coalitions strategy for economic recovery.

Visiting the Building Research Establishments Innovation Park near Watford, a testing site for a green homes, they will meet graduates considering moving into green construction jobs.

The Deputy Prime Minister will say:

"The race is on to lead the world in clean, green energy. Last year we saw record breaking global investments in renewables - outstripping the cash piled into fossil fuels. The new economic powerhouses - China, India, Korea, Brazil - are now serious contenders for that capital.

"So the choice for the UK is simple: wake up, or end up playing catch up. In todays world the savviest states understand that going for growth means going green. Low-carbon markets are the next frontier in the battle for global pre-eminence."

GREEN DEAL LATEST - Special Bulletin February 2012

Department of Energy and Climate Change — February 1st 2012

DCLG yesterday launched their consultation on changes to the Building Regulations regime in relation to the Green Deal. This includes a package of potential changes to support the Green Deal.

In summary, this includes new requirements for additional 'consequential' energy efficiency improvements where work (such as an extension or replacement windows or boilers) is already planned to an existing building and Green Deal funding is available as an option to meet the up-front costs.

Given DCLG estimate there are 200,000 extensions per year, 1.4 million boiler replacements and 1 million window replacements, this could be a significant demand driver for the Green Deal.

The proposals include;

  • From October 2012 (to include with the introduction of the Green Deal framework) DCLG are proposing that extensions and increases in habitable space (i.e. loft or integral garage conversions) in existing homes would trigger a requirement to carry out consequential energy efficiency improvements where these were technically, economically and functionally feasible.

 

The Green Deal will be the biggest home energy programme of modern times

Guardian — January 2012

2012 is set to be a monumental year for Britain. Of course we are looking forward to the diamond jubilee and the Olympics, but it is also the year in which we will launch the pioneering Green Deal, unleashing real competitive forces in the energy efficiency market.

Attracting more investment than ever before, the Green Deal will be the biggest home energy improvement programs of modern times, to tackle our draughty and expensive-to-heat housing stock.

In a world of increasing prices, market volatility and reliance on imports, we simply cannot afford to be wasteful with energy. Our homes are among the most inefficient in Europe and up to 4.1m households live in fuel poverty in England alone.

The time has come for a radical new approach to hone energy improvement , moving away from pepper potting individual measures to whole house or property solutions.

We will look carefully at the different views coming forward on loft and cavity wall insulation, but with a wider span of measures we are confident the green deal will generate new demand for all types of insulation and actually increase jobs in an expanded insulation market to 65,000 by 2015.

 

South West makes splash as first marine energy park

DECC — January 2012

The South West has today been named as the UK's first Marine Energy Park, firmly placing the region on the international map for leadership in marine renewable energy.

Climate Change Minister Greg Barker made the announcement on a visit to Bristol where he met with key members of the new initiative

The South West Marine Energy Park will stretch from Bristol through to Cornwall and as far as the Isles of Scilly. It will create a collaborative partnership in the region between national and local government, Local Enterprise Partnerships, the famous Universities of Plymouth and Exeter and industry including Cornwalls famous wave hub. The aim of the partnership will be to speed up the progress of marine power development.

Energy from the waves or tides has the potential to generate up to 27GW of power in the UK alone by 2050, equivalent to the power generated from 8 coal-fired power stations, as well as helping to reduce emissions to fight climate change.

Renewables Bring £2.5bn Boost to Economy

Department of Energy and Climate Change — January 2012

Chris Huhne today revealed more evidence of the economic benefits of renewable energy as he reaffirmed the coalitions commitment to meeting EU renewable energy targets. This came as the UK published an update on progress to source 15% of all energy from renewable sources by 2020.

Latest research from DECC shows that so far this financial year, companies have announced plans for almost £2.5billion worth of investment in renewable energy projects in the UK, with the potential to create almost 12,000 jobs across the country.

A separate report to the European Commission on renewable energy progress that showed that the UK:

  • Achieved a 27% increase in renewable energy consumption from 42.6TWh in 2008 to 54TWh in 2010 - representing 3.3% of total energy consumed.
  • Increased wind generation by 46% from 7TWh in 2008 to 10.2TWh in 2010, and in 2010 achieved 5GW of offshore and onshore wind capacity; and
  • Saw a threefold increase in the use of biofuels in transport from 1% of total road transport fuel supply in 2007/8 to 3.33% in 2010.

Chris Huhne, Energy Secretary, said:

“Renewable energy is not just helping us increase our energy security and reduce our emissions. It is supporting jobs and growth across the country, and giving traditional industrial heartlands the opportunity to thrive again.

“Our renewable target is less demanding than other EU member states, but the effect is bringing real jobs and investment.

“I do not want the UK to be left behind by turning our back on the green economy. The agreement to negotiate a global deal secured at Durban has reinforced major nations’ commitment to cutting carbon. We cannot afford to stand alone while the world wises up.”

Minister Looks Forward to “Prosperous 2012”

Department of Energy and Climate Change — January 2012

Energy Minister Charles Hendry set out his hopes for a “prosperous 2012” in the oil and gas sector, as he awarded 46 new licences to explore for hydrocarbons in the North Sea.

These awards were made as part of the 26th offshore oil and gas licensing round, which was originally announced in October 2010. This licensing round awarded 144 licences but held back a number of blocks from award due to the need for further assessment on Special Areas of Conservation (SACs) and Special Protection Areas (SPAs).

Charles Hendry, Minister for Energy, said:

“Oil and gas remains crucial to the UK economy — contributing around 2% to the country’s GDP. Our innovative licensing system continues to make the UK one of the most attractive places to do business.

“These further licences have been subject to rigorous examination, and we are now satisfied that initial exploration can go ahead.

“These continued high levels of interest, and the award today of these licences, gives me yet more reason to be optimistic for a prosperous 2012 for the UK oil and gas sector.”

Treasury to approve £200m Green Deal Funding

GDG - Janary 2012

The chief secretary to the Treasury Danny Alexander announced the approval of £200m to be used as an incentive for the public to pick up the Green Deal scheme when it is available for homeowners in October 2012.

Both the business community and NGOs welcomed this announcement as another step towards the successful roll out of the Green Deal scheme.

While the primary goal of the Green Deal scheme is to increase energy efficiency of UK homes and business buildings to reduce the carbon emissions associated with climate change and to reduce energy costs, there are other benefits of the Green deal scheme.

The government estimates that in the long term the scheme, if successful, will create thousands of new jobs and lead to £14b in new investment from the private sector. Additionally, energy companies are mandated to assist with energy improvements for low income households.

The goal of the Green Deal scheme is to have 14m UK households upgraded for energy efficiency, making the UK the European leader in reducing greenhouse emissions.

Experts state that the success of the Green Deal program is dependent on the experience of those homeowners who take up the scheme early, thus there must be great attention to the details of the program so that all goes smoothly.

While the details of how the £200m will be disbursed to early adopters of the scheme, experts agree that using this money for a reduction in the council tax or the stamp duty tax will be a powerful tool to motivate homeowners to take up the Green Deal within the first year. The government is considering this proposal as well as others for the distribution of the funds.

 

The Green Deal Countdown!

January 2012

“The biggest home improvement plan since the second world war” — Chris Huhne, Climate Change Secretary

With the Christmas and New Year rush behind us for another 12 months we are already counting down to the next big event... The Green Deal.

Set to be the largest home improvement programme since the second world war, the Green Deal promises to drive billions of pounds of investment into energy efficiency over the next decade with the potential to create 250,000 jobs involving around £100bn of investment by 2020.

As bills rise and green subsidies are cut, politicians are looking for ways to reduce our bills - and emissions - at no or little cost.

By providing energy advice to an estimated 14 million homes and businesses within the UK and offering grants to all, the new innovative financial mechanism eliminates the need to pay upfront for these energy efficiency measures and instead provides reassurances that the cost of the measures will be covered and paid back through the savings on the electricity bill. The government have called this revolutionary proposal “The Green Deal”

The government have committed to invest £200 million this year alone to stimulate the “Green Deal” on its launch in the Autumn, with a further £14 billion of private investment being predicted.

The goal of the Green Deal scheme is to have 14m UK households upgraded for energy efficiency, making the UK the European leader in reducing greenhouse emissions and supporting up to 250,000 new jobs within the green industry

 

Rental Sector Welcomes Green Deal

EAToday - December 2011

New incentives such as £150 to consumers who take up the Green Deal scheme are to be announced, with more sweeteners to be unveiled in a matter of weeks.

Energy secretary Chris Huhne says the impact of the Green Deal will be to drive down household fuel bills by 7percent, or £94, by 2020. He said: “Britains homes will be cheaper to heat and to light than if we did nothing in this parliament and in the longer term.”

The providers will be able to apply for an Energy Company Obligation subsidy where applicable to allow them to supply products that would not otherwise meet the golden rule on repayments. Instances where this will occur would typically be on older terrace properties with single brick skin construction that makes it impossible for cavity wall insulation in other words, many classic rental properties.

Energy Company Obligation funding will be open to private landlords whose tenants will be responsible for repaying the Green Deal costs through their utility bills but will exclude social housing.

David Salusbury, chairman of the National Landlords Association, said: The Green Deal represents a good opportunity for landlords and home owners to increase the energy efficiency of their properties. By enabling landlords to make necessary improvements at no direct cost, it overcomes the obstacles which have constrained previous initiatives, at the same time offering a real benefit to households.

A recent survey by the NLA found that over two-thirds of landlords would consider taking advantage of the Green Deal.It is our aim to support landlords through this process.

The Government has worked to engage with all stakeholders in order to come up with a proposal which we believe has the potential to work for the private rented sector. We look forward to continuing to work with government to bring about energy-saving improvements.

Peter Bolton King, chief executive of the NAEA and ARLA, said: The NAEA and ARLA have been working closely with the Department for Energy and Climate Change on the detail of the Green Deal policy.

For the Green Deal to work it needs to be easy to implement and clear, so that tenants and prospective home buyers have the information they need when buying or renting a new home.

We look forward to examining the full detail of the consultation, and will be responding to the Government in due course.

Homes and Economy to Benefit From Energy and Climate Policies Chris Huhne

DECC - November 2011

£14 billion worth of private sector investment in home energy improvements over the next decade will help insulate households from rising global energy prices and create thousands of jobs in the British insulation and construction sector, Chris Huhne said today.

A consultation on the Green Deal, which will provide home energy saving upgrades to householders at no upfront cost, was published as part of the Energy and Climate Change Secretarys Annual Energy Statement to Parliament. He also published a new government analysis showing that homes will on average be cheaper to heat and light in future than if the Government was not pursuing policies to keep the lights on and emissions down.

Chris Huhne,Energy and Climate Change Secretary, said:

The Green Deal is about putting energy consumers back in control of their bills and banishing Britains draughty homes to the history books. By stimulating billions of pounds of private sector investment, the Green Deal will revolutionise the way that we keep our homes warm, making them cosier, more efficient and all at no upfront cost.

The Green Deal is also a massive business opportunity for firms up and down Britain, helping to power the economy and creating jobs. From one-man bands and local authorities, to the big supermarkets and DIY stores, we want as many providers getting involved as possible because thats what will give consumers the best deal.

I want to insulate Britains homes not just from the cold weather, but also from the chill winds of global fossil fuel prices. Its these that are pushing up consumer energy prices, and its why our balanced package of policies aimed at achieving energy savings and shifting to more home grown alternatives is the right one for the economy and all of us who pay energy bills.

There are certainly costs to replacing our ageing energy infrastructure with modern, clean power stations, and we take very seriously any impact of our policies on what consumers and businesses pay. Weve repeatedly taken steps to reduce this by removing some planned levies on bills and making others more cost effective and within budget.

But a crucial and too often ignored priority of our whole strategy is to reduce the amount of energy we use in our homes

The Facts and Framework

The Green Deal framework will be launched from October 2012. This months consultation outlines the followingthree big benefits of the ground-breaking scheme and asks for comments from industry and the public:

  • Every British home and business will be able to install packages of energy-saving technologies such as insulation at no upfront cost, making their property warmer and cosier straight away,with repayments made over time out of the energy savings. Strict standards will be put in place to prevent consumers being ripped off by cowboys.
  • A new requirement on energy companies to provide £1.3 billion a year to ensure everyone is able to benefit from the Green Deal no matter their income or the type of house they live in. Additional help will be available to ensure the fuel poor get better boilers and fix draughty homes, while subsidy will also be provided to help tackle homes that are hard to insulate“includingsolid wall homes.
  • The Green Deal is expected to kick start around £14 billion of private sector investment over the next decade

Up to £150 in cash back could be available for homes taking out a Green Deal to be funded through private sector Green Deal finance as part of efforts to make the Green Deal as attractive as possible.

Separately, the Chancellor announced in Budget 2011 that the Government is committed to the success of the Green Deal and will act to encourage and incentivise take-up sothe Green Deal will appeal to households, businesses and prospective providers alike, before it is introduced in 2012.

The Green Deal Impacts on Energy and Climate

The annual estimate of the impacts of energy and climate change policies on energy prices and bills, published this month, shows:

  • By the end of 2011 household electricity prices will have increased by around 16% and household gas prices by 25% since the start of the year. This has been due mostly to global fossil fuel prices. Over the past year alone the global gas price increased by nearly 40%. Many experts expect global fossil fuel prices to continue to rise over the medium- and long term, meaning energy bills are likely to increase with or without policies.
  • Government policies currently account for around 7% of an average household energy bill and have contributed very little to these recent price increases. In fact, accounting for the efficiency savings policiesalready delivered, the average household energy bill in 2011 is only 2% higher than it would have been if these policies were never introduced.
  • In 2020 the average household bill will be 7%, or £94, lower than if the Government was not pursuing policies to achieve energy savings and incentivise the shift from fossil fuels to alternatives.A net saving will start to kick in from around 2013 and, over the remaining lifetime of this Parliament, average household bills will be lower than they otherwise would be,as a result of energy and climate policies. This assumes a central gas price estimate of nearly 70p/therm in 2020. If the gas price was to be higher, householders would be even better off.
  • Government policies will enable more of the most vulnerable to heat their homes more affordably, as they will receive extra help through the new Warm Home Discount, existing energy efficiency schemes andthe Energy Company Obligation announced today.

 

Boom and bust for solar must be avoided

DECC - 31st October 2011

Urgent action is needed to put the solar industry on a steadier, clearer and sustainable growth path, avoid boom and bust and protect the wider Feed-in Tariff scheme (FITs), Greg Barker said today.

Reduced subsidies for domestic solar electricity production have been proposed as part of an urgent effort to keep the FITs scheme budget under control and reflect the plummeting costs of the technology.

The proposals subject to consultation would introduce a new tariff for schemes up to 4kW in size of 21p/kWh — down from the current 43.3p/kWh. Reduced rates are also proposed for schemes between 4kW and 250kW, to ensure those schemes receive a consistent rate of return.

Climate Change and Energy Minister Greg Barker said:

“My priority is to put the solar industry on a firm footing so that it can remain a successful and prosperous part of the green economy, and so that it doesn’t fall victim to boom and bust.

“The plummeting costs of solar mean we’ve got no option but to act so that we stay within budget and not threaten the whole viability of the FITs scheme.

“Although I fully realise that adjusting to the new lower tariffs will be a big challenge for many firms, it won’t come as a surprise to many in the solar industry who’ve themselves acknowledged the big fall in costs and the big increase in their rate of return over the past year.

“Our proposal for an energy efficiency requirement, as well as the launch of the Green Deal next autumn, creates a massive opportunity for these firms to use their expertise to get a foothold in this exciting new market.

“People who are now thinking of installing solar PV need to do so with their eyes wide open and I’d encourage them to call the Energy Saving Trust for the latest advice.”

The cost of an average domestic PV installation has fallen by at least 30% since the start of the scheme — from around £13,000 in April 2010 to £9,000 now.

If the Government took no action, by 2014-15 FITs for solar PV would be costing consumers £980 million a year, adding around £26 (2010 prices) to annual domestic electricity bills in 2020. Our proposals will restrict FITs PV costs to between £250-280 million in 2014-15, reducing the impacts of FITs expenditure on PV on domestic electricity bills by around £23 (2010 prices) in 2020.

There is a finite funding allocation for the FITs scheme so as to limit the impact on energy consumers, who pay for the scheme through their bills.

A recent surge in households installing solar PV has threatened to break the budget. There were over 16,000 new solar PV installations in September alone — nearly double the number installed in June. And nearly three times as much solar PV as projected has so far been installed with over 100,000 separate installations with over 400MW of capacity.

The new proposed tariffs would apply to all new solar PV installations with an eligibility date on or after 12 December 2011. Such installations would receive the current tariff before moving to the lower tariffs on 1 April 2012. Consumers who already receive FITs will see their existing payments unchanged, and those with an eligibility date on or before 12 December will receive the current rates for 25 years.

The eligibility date of a project is based on it being commissioned (in working order) and having its request for accreditation received by a FIT licensee (schemes up to 50kW) or Ofgem (more than 50kW).

The proposed new tariffs will offer a rate of return of around 4.5% to 5% index linked and tax free (for domestic installations) for well-situated solar PV — broadly comparable to that intended when the scheme was set up. The tariffs are broadly comparable to those offered in Germany, which has also recently reduced its tariffs.

Today’s consultation also proposes:

  • a new energy efficiency requirement that would mean from 1 April 2012 a property would have to reach a certain level of energy efficiency to receive the proposed new tariff rates. This could include reaching an Energy Performance Certificate level of C or taking up all the measures potentially eligible for Green Deal finance, depending on the outcome of the consultation. As a transitional arrangement, installations with eligibility dates between 1 April 2012 and 31 March 2013 would have 12 months from the eligibility date to comply with the energy efficiency requirement.
  • new multi-installation tariff rates for aggregated solar PV schemes, i.e. where a single individual or organisation owns or receives FITs payments from more than one PV installation, located on different sites. The new tariff rates would apply to all new PV installations that are part of an aggregated PV scheme and have an eligibility date on or after 1 April 2012. The new tariffs are set at 80% of the standard tariffs for individual installations.

The Government will also, as part of its review into the FITs scheme, consider whether more could be done to enable genuine community projects to be able to fully benefit from FITs and whether, for example, a definition of community scheme is required and if so, how this should be defined.

 

One Year to Green Deal

DECC 19th October 2011

The Energy Act has become law setting in stone the legal framework for the Green Deal, which will be launched in Autumn next year.


The Green Deal will revolutionise the energy efficiency of the nation’s homes and businesses. It will help people insulate against rising energy prices, creating homes which are warmer and cheaper to run.


DECC’s new “Housing Energy Fact File”, published today, highlights that more than half of homes in Great Britain don’t have sufficient insulation.


It shows around 50% more energy is used to heat and power homes than is used to power UK industry. It is vital, therefore, that action is taken to address home energy efficiency.


Energy and Climate Change Secretary Chris Huhne said:


“A huge hurdle has been passed in bringing the Green Deal closer to making homes warmer and cheaper to run. The coalition is doing all it can to bear down on energy prices, but insulation will provide the long term help to manage bills. When it’s introduced, the Green Deal will be as easy as ABC by making work affordable, providing bespoke independent advice and choice in the market from well-known and trusted high street names.”


Climate Change Minister Greg Barker said:


A“s well as helping people save money through home energy improvement , the Green Deal will be a massive business opportunity. It’s expected to attract capital investment of up to £15 billion in the residential sector alone by the end of this decade and at its peak, the Green Deal could support around 250,000 jobs.”


The key elements to the Act will:

 

  • Remove the upfront cost of energy efficiency measures (like loft, cavity and external wall insulation, draught proofing and energy efficiency glazing and boilers) making expensive home improvement affordable. For the first time in the world, the energy saving work will be repaid over time through a charge on the home’s energy bill. The repayments must obey a “golden rule” whereby the charge is no more than the expected savings, meaning householders should save from day one.
  • Put consumer protection at the heart of the Green Deal. High standards will be crucial from the first independent home energy assessment to getting the job done by qualified installers. All Green Deal participants will need to carry a “quality mark” so customers know they can be trusted to do a good job.
  • Provide extra financial help for the most vulnerable and hardest to treat homes by getting energy companies to fund work like basic insulation and boiler upgrades as well as helping those living in homes where the cost of the work, like solid wall insulation, may not obey the “golden rule” without extra money to make it affordable.
  • Improve at least 682,000 privately rented homes. From April 2018 it will be unlawful to rent out a house or business premise which has less than an “E” energy efficiency rating.

This latest milestone comes just weeks after the first finance consortium was announced promising to provide low cost interest rates on Green Deals. The Green Deal Finance Company has the potential to offer a better deal for the consumer and to support healthy competition amongst Green Deal providers including small businesses.

UK Government earmarks £35m for energy efficiency measures

energy efficiency news - 22nd sept 2011

Innovative measure that cut the costs of energy saving and reducing carbon emissions for homes and businesses are to get a £35m boost, UK energy secretary Chris Huhne announced yesterday.

In the spending review last year, the government earmarked more than £200m for low carbon technologies over the next four years.

A £35m share of that pot is now going to be devoted to reducing carbon emissions from buildings

Details of where and how the funding will be allocated to reduce costs of energy saving in domestic and non-domestic buildings will be announced later in the year.

Meanwhile, a new energy efficiency deployment office will be established within the Department on Energy and Climate Change (DECC) to create an energy efficiency strategy and strong programme management.

The office will have its own chair and director like similar offices for renewable energy, carbon capture and storage and nuclear power.

Landlords eying up UK Governments Green Deal

energy efficiency news - 22nd September 2011

Two thirds of the UK's private landlords are eying up the opportunities presented by the Governments forthcoming Green Deal, according to a survey.

The coalition Governments Green Deal which is in the report stage in parliament as part of the energy bill, will allow the costs of improving the energy efficiency of properties to be paid for out of the savings to energy bills.

The National Landlords Association (NLA) reports that 24% of the landlords it surveyed are planning to take advantage of the Green Deal, with a further 38% saying the would consider taking advantage of loans to make energy efficiency improvements to their properties.

The Green Deal is likely to be open to property owners from October 2012 and will allow tenants to reduce energy consumption and bills, while adding value to properties by being more eco friendly.

"The green deal presents an excellent opportunity for landlords to improve the energy efficiency of their properties" says NLA chair David Salusbury

Clegg backs green energy and Green Deal

utility week - 21st September 2011

Liberal Democrat leader and deputy prime minister Nick Clegg voiced strong support for green energy and electricity market reform in his conference speech today.

He told delegates at the partys annual conference in Birmingham: "we have stood by our commitments to act on the environment."

Clegg added that while the "politically convenient thing would have been to put off to another day" the party was taking immediate action and reeled off a list of examples.

These included "ambitious carbon targets. Energy market reform. Councils generating renewable energy. A Green Deal to make bills lower and homes warmer. Carbon capture and storage. Green buses, trains and trams. The worlds first ever green investment bank".

Clegg claimed these were "green achievements from a green part of the government".

West Mids takes leading role in Green Deal projects

h&vnews.co.uk - 19th Sept 2011

The West Midlands looks set to lead a Green Deal revolution after Birmingham Energy Savers issued a tender notice for works, which they say could eventually be worth up to £1.5billion.

Birmingham City Council is to provide up to £75m for an initial pilot, the Pathfinder Programme, with a further £25m expected via investment through the energy company obligation under which energy suppliers are asked to support hard to treat and vulnerable households.

Chief among the delivery partners obligations will be to engage customers, assess properties and secure finance and manage loans. The partner will be expected to keep a database of installation data.

The Pathfinder Programme is set to last around three years with the last property refurbished in autumn 2015 and BCC's investment repaid under the Green Deal, feed in tariffs, the Renewable Heat Incentive and other incentives over a 25 year period.

Government 'should provide energy performance clarification'

Taylor Vinters - 16th Sept 2011

The government has been urged to provide clarity regarding expected energy performance for rented property across the UK.

Richard Jones, policy director at the Residential Landlords Association, said more information is required to ensure landlords are upgrading their properties that are currently the least compliant with energy targets, with the rating system for Energy Performance Certificate needing clarification for many.

He commented "The government wants to see voluntary compliance, but the one thing that puts landlords off voluntary compliance and getting on with it is the uncertainty about the standards that they will need to meet."

According to research by the national landlords association, 24 per cent of the UK landlords say they will definitely make use of incentives set out in the governments green deal to boost the efficiency of their properties.

Further more, 38 per cent claimed they would consider in, with just 17 per cent saying the scheme has no appeal.

Building sector keen to go green

businessgreen.co.uk - Sept 2011

A major new survey has revealed the vast majority of construction firms understand the need for sustainability but have failed to take basic steps to improve their environmental performance, prompting fresh calls for the government to cut taxes for energy efficient buildings.

Ninety one per cent of construction businesses believe that sustainability will be core to their businesses over the next five to ten years, according to a new survey of more than 100 leading building products firms published today by Pricewaterhouse Coopers and the Contruction Products Association.

CPA and PwC said they hoped the survey would open a debate on the challenges facing the sector as it attempts to improve its environmental performance and how effective policies can help encourage efficient construction.

Green Deal users offered council tax holiday

insidehousing.co.uk - 8th July 2011
Households are to be offered a month off from paying council tax in return for signing up to the governments green deal scheme.

The incentive is one of several trials the government is running to assess how to get people involved in its flagship energy efficiency scheme when it launches next year.

Other trials will offer energy efficiency products at a discount if households club together to buy them, or community rewards. Two further trials will look at how presenting information differently to consumers can make them more likely to take advantage of the green deal.

Under the scheme, households will be able to get equipment to improve the energy efficiency of their home installed free of charge. They will repay the costs over time using savings from the fuel bills, with the repayments linked to the property rather than the individuals.

 

Minister unveils Green Deal advice plan for tenants and homeowners

24dasg.com - 31st January 2011
Junior housing minister Andrew Stunnell has outlined plans for the Green Deal Reports that will enable homeowners and tenants to receive tailored advice about how to make their homes greener and save money, delivered direct to their door.

Compnaies offering services to upgrade homes through the Government's Green Deal Reports will be able to access information about the energy efficiency of properties that have an Energy Performance Certificate, and deliver tailored advice to individual homes. Proposals published last week set out how the system for accessing this information will work.

The Green Deal Reports is the Government's new and radical way of making energy efficiency available to all, whether people own or rent their property. Green Deal Advice will carry out work to upgrade properties so they become warmer and cheaper to run. Homeowners and tenants will have the opportunity to save money with all the costs to upgrade the property paid back to the Green Deal Advice from the savings on energy bills.

Green Bank 'could be in Edinburgh'

HeraldScotland - 13th January 2011
The UK's new Green Investment bank could be based in Edinburgh, Energy Secretary Chris Huhne has told MSPs.
He said the city had a "very special advantage" because its financial institutions had a strong track record in lending to renewable energy companies.

But Mr Huhne warned Holyrood's Economy, Energy and Tourism committee that Edinburgh faced still competition from other financial centres.

The bank, announced by the UK Government last year, is being set up with £1 billion of public money to channel private sector funding, which it will raise in similar way to regular banks, into low carbon businesses.

Mr Huhne said: "One of the reasons that Edinburgh has a particular claim as the potential site for the GIB is precisely because of the substantial expertise that exists in Edinburgh on the energy financing side."

Plans for Green Deal Unveiled

Energy Efficiency News - 20th August 2010
Speaking yesterday at the launch of a support project for renewable energy businesses, Deputy PM Nick Clegg outlined plans for a new Green Deal Reports aimed at reducing energy demand and carbon emissions while making homes warmer, saving consumers money and stimulating jobs.

The Green Deal Reports will enable householders and businesses to install energy efficiency measures, such as insulation, which will be funded through a system of low-interest loans. It is hoped that Green Deal Reports, customers will then be able to repay the cost of installation work, back to the Green Deal Advice, through savings on their energy bills.

A summary of the Green Deal Reports, published by the department of energy and climate change, predicts that the scheme will provide insulation to over 3.5 million households, with a projected £8.65 billion benefit for society. It is approximated estimated that the most energy-inefficient homes which are currently most energy-inefficient could save around £550 annually through these improvements. Legislation for the scheme is timetable for later this year, with the Green Deal Reports expected to take effect during 2012.

Renewable industry celebrates UK Green Deal

Renewable Energy Focus - 20th August 2010
UK Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg has declared a 'quiet green revolution' for households and businesses, maximising employment and business benefits in the renewable energy sector thanks to the Green Deal Reports.

At the launch of a project to provide support for growing businesses in renewable energy and related low carbon markets, the Deputy Prime Minister congratulated their efforts towards establishing a new green economy and insisted that the current Government would support, “moving away from carbon-blind economic activity to business with a new carbon conscience.”

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