The Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) has confirmed its policy shift away from the able-to-pay domestic energy efficiency sector at a launch event for a new research project seeking to link energy costs with mortgage lending.
A replacement scheme for the able-to-pay domestic energy efficiency sector is to be delayed until 2017 with only a set of principles to be outlined by the end of the current calendar year, according to the parliamentary under secretary of state for climate change.
The Energy and Climate Change select committee has heard that future home energy efficiency policy needs to build demand from consumers and use the existing supply chain to meet it.
Two energy efficiency companies have been named among the fastest growing private companies in the UK despite the “tumultuous” year for the market following significant changes to government policy.
Cuts to green policies have threatened to significantly dent the uptake of energy efficiency measures in the home, however a new initiative launched by mortgage provider Nationwide could not only promote the efficiency agenda, but add tangible value to clean technologies for potential homeowners. David Pratt looks into the scheme and what it could achieve.
Ex-energy secretary Ed Davey and former energy minister Lord Barker have admitted to failures in the formation of the Green Deal, but stressed there is still a place for a pay as you save efficiency scheme in the UK.
The Green Deal was “far too ambitious” in its policy aims and was a good idea that was “poorly implemented”, an Energy and Climate Change Select Committee hearing has heard.
Energy secretary Amber Rudd has revealed that a replacement for the Green Deal has been lined up for release early next year.
A study has revealed the vast majority of the UK public support subsidies for energy efficiency programmes.
The Green Deal had “run its course” and mention of it had become “toxic” by the time it was culled by the government, an energy and climate change select committee heard this morning.
Liam Stoker looks at how the Department of Energy and Climate Change is celebrating Energy Saving Week without actually promoting the saving of energy.
Former energy secretary Ed Davey has claimed that the decision to axe the Zero Carbon Homes initiative before it had started is “the worst thing the Tories have done”.
Energy minister Andrea Leadsom has broken the Department of Energy and Climate Change’s silence on the cancelled Zero Carbon Homes initiative, labelling it “an obstacle” to solving the UK’s housing crisis.
Solar installers looking to diversify into new technologies should the government’s 87% cuts to the feed-in tariff come into force are looking at a large number of markets, a Solar Media survey has found.
Energy secretary Amber Rudd has said the UK can become “a home for energy innovation” and has pledged to support businesses working on new energy efficiency technologies.
Newly installed heating and hot water systems must now display energy efficiency labels rating each system after EU legislation came into force last weekend.
The Department for Energy and Climate Change has revealed plans to carry out sweeping reforms of business energy efficiency tax incentives and reporting procedures, including the potential abolition of the Carbon Reduction Commitment (CRC) scheme.
The Committee on Climate Change chairman Lord Deben has called upon the government to take urgent action to fill a policy gap created by clean energy cuts and sought clarification on where the government’s green policy is headed.
The Scottish Government has defied cuts to energy efficiency programmes initiated by Westminster to launch a £224 million scheme to help as many as 28,000 Scottish homes combat fuel poverty.
The Committee on Climate Change (CCC) has said that a replacement for the Zero Carbon Homes initiative, effectively scrapped by the government in July, is one of two “main concerns” for the Committee alongside the development of electric vehicles.
The Conservative government’s move to close the Green Deal, although disappointing, should not come as a shock to the industry, according to energy solutions’ distributor Rexel.
Breaking Government ends Green Deal funding
The government will no longer provide any further funding to the Green Deal Finance Company, stopping any new Green Deal Loans and Green Deal Home Improvement funds.
The Green Deal Home Improvement Fund (GDHIF) and the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) are reportedly in line for cuts in the upcoming autumn spending review.
The European Court of Justice has ruled that the UK’s reduction in VAT rate for energy-saving materials for housing violates the EU’s VAT Directive.
There are now over 14,000 Green Deal plans and applications worth a total of £50.3 million, according to figures published by the Green Deal Finance Company (GDFC).
Over 1 million properties fitted with energy efficiency measures in February under government scheme
More than 1.1 million properties benefited from the installation of energy efficiency measures in February 2015, according to the latest statistics released by the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC).
UK homeowners applied for £2.5 million worth of support for energy improvement measures under the Green Deal in a record week for the Green Deal Finance Company (GDFC).
The government has confirmed that it has set aside £70 million in funding for the third round of the Green Deal Home Improvement Fund (GDHIF).
APC Technology Group launched a new group of sustainability businesses called Minimise Group. The group will also include a subsidiary dedicated to renewable energy generation, Minimise Generation.