ECO and Green Deal Teething Problems Need To Be Sorted Out
By Cynthia Taylor
Angela Knight has presented government with a list of measures for boosting the success of the coalition’s energy efficiency policies.
The government is expected to reveal, for the first time, how many householders have signed up for the Green Deal for retrofitting their homes. Sources in the energy industry have warned that the efficiency measures should be given a central role in the ‘heart’ of the energy policy in the UK.
Angela Knight is the Chief Executive Energy UK a trade association, and she wrote yesterday to Greg Barker, Minister for Climate Change in which she highlighted the need for ensuring that the Greed Deal as well as the ECO (Energy Company Obligation) will be working effectively.
The letter has pointed out various problems with the ECO and Green Deal, and she has specifically called on the government to share their data on the households that are living in fuel poverty, so that companies are able to identify the areas that need free insulation under the ECO scheme.
Ms. Knight has also warned of problems with the software that will carry out the Green Deal assessments, and has argued that some of the policies for energy efficiency were still too complicated.
She felt that the new schemes design was complex and that the guidance was also complicated. And stressed that it was time for the different participants to get together to understand the requirements.
There are 7 recommendations in the letter, and they include calls on the government to put more effort into raising public awareness of it’s Green Deal and also help householders to understand what benefits there are in treating solid wall insulation.
She also noted that despite the initial publicity as well as the cash back scheme, members of the public are uncertain or unaware of the schemes, and that they are unclear of details and need assurances that by participating they have the full support of government.
The finding from Energy UK has come after the association had hosted a series of ECO and Green Deal roadshows, together with the government, all over the country. They are planning to publish the full report with regard to the effectiveness of the scheme soon.
Government has stated that the schemes were making ‘encouraging’ progress and that that they will announce this morning the number of households that have signed for the Green Deal.
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