MPs slam Government over Green Deal and ECO

The Public Accounts Committee report issued today says that failures in Green Deal and ECO schemes put public money at risk and must not be repeated.

The take up of the Green Deal has long been discussed and highlighted as an issue in Industry and the Press. Elmhurst picks out a particular timely note within the report:

“The Committee also finds the Government lacks the information it needs to measure progress against the objectives of the complementary Energy Company Obligation (ECO) scheme, including its impact on fuel poverty.”

Ofgem and the Government are having consultations on the next round of the ECO scheme that is due to start in April 2017. We at Elmhurst have been protesting that the new ECO proposal, using a very watered down ‘deemed scores’ approach will not target the worst energy inefficient ‘F’ and ‘G’ rated properties; that it will not be able to report how much carbon and cost savings families will actually receive from the measures. We do agree that it is good, that it is moving towards tackling Fuel Poverty, but as the Accounts Committee would recommend that they are only looking at installing 160,000 measures 2017-2018 and that 4 million households would be eligible for the measures – surely we should concentrate on the worst ones first.

Therefore Energy Performance Certificated must be part of the solution. Please see our response to the deemed scores consultation that clarifies this position:

We do hope that others respond to the ECO Help to Heat consultation suggesting that they learn from this report and keep the measuring stick which is the EPC, in any future tweaks to the policy and learn from the previous mistakes.

We at Elmhurst continue to advocate for using Energy Performance Certificates to drive homes to be warmer and use less energy.

Stuart Fairlie – Head of Technical, Elmhurst Energy

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