Energy News: Government publishes ECO consultation

DECC Consultation: The Future of the Energy Company Obligation

At yesterdays Ecobuild 2014, Edward Davey, the Secretary for State at the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) announced the publication of the consultation document. The document (summary download here) proposes changes  to the Energy Company Obligation (ECO), a major funding mechanism designed to improve the energy performance of the UK housing stock. The consultation will run from 5th March to the 16th April 2014 and we would strongly recommend all Elmhurst Members take time to read and comment on this important document.

Fundamentally the government are wanting to reduce pressures on consumer bills (the "Green Tax" that got so much coverage in the autumn of 2013), and ensure ECO provides value for money for energy consumers; while continuing to help tackle fuel poverty, support the development of sustainable energy efficiency supply chain and improve the energy efficiency of our housing stock.

This consultation is seen to be is an opportunity to make take into account industry needs and our experience of ECO delivery over the last year.

Get Involved

Elmhurst will be responding, both as a stakeholder and via its trade association PEPA, and we strongly advise that if you have an opinion you do likewise. There are a number of consultation events planned by Government and details are available here (visit registration site).

If you wish to respond to the consultation then you should send your comments to;

The Future of the Energy Company Obligation Consultation
Department of Energy and Climate Change
Area 1D 3 Whitehall Place

More information

To read the full consultation document please click here. If you have any questions about Elmhurst ECO contact the Existing Dwellings team on 01455 883250 or email at for further information.  

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