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DECC’s Household Energy Efficiency Statistics: the good, the bad and the whaa…?

Liz Warren is a founder and director of SE2, a small consultancy helping individuals, communities and organisations build their capacity to respond to climate change. You can find out more about their work at www.se-2.co.uk.

DECC recently published statistics on the take-up of energy efficiency measures by households during 2015.  In this blog post, we unpick some of the data, exploring the good, the bad and the frankly baffling within the rich data set provided. How did policy announcements affect the market? Have whole-house energy assessments unlocked energy efficiency opportunities? And could we have found the elusive answer for improving the private rented sector?

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If not the Green Deal, then what?

The Government announced yesterday that no further public funding will be provided to the Green Deal Finance Company.  This leaves the energy efficiency supply chain at a loss to understand how the Government thinks it will meet its fuel poverty and climate change targets.  Yes, the Green Deal has not been as effective as the Government originally forecast, but the principle of a Pay as You Save mechanism to support energy efficiency investment remains sound.  Working to build on the existing framework, not pulling the rug from under it, was the way forward.

DECC are aiming to develop and establish a more stable, long-term, coherent framework for home energy efficiency: it is difficult to see how they can achieve this without finance options for the ‘able-to-pay’.  And we should not forget that this will include those on modest incomes who do not qualify as fuel poor: are we expecting them to turn to payday lenders?

The energy efficiency industry has invested significantly in the development of the Green Deal.  Government’s decision to undermine this core plank of home energy efficiency policy without first developing an alternative will in turn undermine the confidence of industry and its willingness to support whatever new framework is developed.

Energy efficiency investment remains the single most affordable way for Government to deliver on fuel poverty and climate change objectives.  So, yes, we will be working with DECC to develop a better framework for the future of home energy efficiency policy; but as of yesterday, our job and theirs became a lot harder.

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ECO and the Green Deal – not enough is not enough

Today ACE and the Energy Bill Revolution publish a set of slides and a briefing which assess the impact of the Government’s current energy efficiency policies and compare them against past performance and what needs to happen to effectively tackle fuel poverty and meet the recommendations of the Committee on Climate Change.

We find that the Energy Company Obligation (ECO) and the Green Deal represent a significant loss of momentum in the deployment of energy efficiency measures compared to previous energy efficiency programmes, especially when considering the large energy efficiency potential still available in the housing stock.

The recent cuts proposed to the ECO are exacerbating this loss of momentum, and the introduction of the Green Deal Home Improvement Fund is not enough to turn it around. This means that carbon targets recommended by the Committee on Climate Change will be missed and that fuel poverty will worsen.

We are calling for:

 

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Government turns from maximisation to minimisation

In October 2010, the energy and climate change minister, Greg Barker, formally invited me to chair a new advisory Forum. It was to be one of four reporting directly to him.

Over the next two years before launch, each was concerned with the development of different aspects of the new Government’s flagship policy. Our declared overall objective was to deliver “an ambitious programme to increase the energy efficiency of the UK building stock. In particular, we expect it to contribute to a 29 per cent reduction in carbon emissions from our homes and 13 per cent from non-domestic properties by 2020.”

We were christened the Green Deal Maximisation Forum. Our job was to work with Government to come up with measures to boost uptake levels.

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ECC Committee: ACE evidence submitted to Green Deal watching brief (part 2) inquiry

ACE has submitted written evidence to the Energy & Climate Change Select Committee’s inquiry into the Green Deal (watching brief part 2). In May 2013, the Committee published its first watching brief report, in which it outlined its concerns about the lack of clarity regarding the outcomes that DECC expected from the Green Deal and how it would measure the its success. The Committee identified key areas in which scrutiny would be beneficial, and outlined its intention to review the performance of the Green Deal and ECO at a later date – hence Part 2 of this Green Deal watching brief inquiry.

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Retrofitting the Green Deal

retrofitting-the-green-deal-large-thumbnailProperly executed, the Government’s new Green Deal energy saving loan scheme has the potential to transform energy saving in Britain’s homes, bringing in big gains to the economy, household budgets and the environment at the same time.

But it has got off to a disappointingly slow start and seems on course to deliver a few tens of thousands of home retrofits a year, at most. Given all of the time and effort that has gone into creating the scheme from government and the private sector and the scale of the original ambition behind it, this is a tiny sum.

The Green Deal ought to be delivering several 100,000 retrofits a year. A goal of more than one million homes per annum would be reasonable given the size of the task of improving the UK’s still highly energy-inefficient housing stock.

The benefits in carbon savings, energy bill reductions, maintaining and creating jobs and enhancing welfare and health from this level of retrofits would be enormous.

The most important problem with the Green Deal, as it now stands, concerns a funding gap caused by its so-called ‘golden rule’ which places limits on how much a household can borrow under the Green Deal. Most households which might be interested in taking out a Green Deal would find themselves having to pay at least £1,000 upfront.

Green Deal assessments, the starting point for the scheme, need improving and the bulk of them need to be provided free of charge.

In this report we make several recommendations which, taken together, represent a retrofit for the Green Deal – one which would enable it to fulfil its great potential.

The Green Deal interest rate needs to be lowered; we suggest how it could be. We also argue for a government-backed incentive scheme for Green Deal retrofits. This would help to close the Green Deal funding gap, but it would also encourage many households to use the Green Deal as an assurance scheme without having to use Green Deal finance.

We make recommendations for improving the assessment process, for encouraging more small businesses and traders to be engaged in the scheme, and for the Green Deal to have a stronger impact in streets and local communities.

This report was written by Nicholas Schoon on behalf of BioRegional and The Association for the Conservation of Energy.

BioRegional ACE Retrofitting the Green Deal Report

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Green Deal and ECO: Operational Issues – A View from the Industry

Purpose of this paper

The genesis of this paper was the speech made by the Secretary of State for Energy & Climate Change, the Rt Hon Edward Davey MP, at a reception on the Terrace of the House of Commons on September 3 hosted by this Association.

In his speech, he challenged the Association, on behalf of our industry, to put forward recommendations as to how the effectiveness of the Green Deal/ECO programmes might be improved immediately. This paper sets out a series of practical proposals regarding ways in which a series of operational issues should be addressed.

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Urgent action needed to boost Green Deal take-up and tackle plummeting insulation rates

Reacting to today’s publication by DECC of the Green Deal statistics up to June, the Association for the Conservation of Energy called the figures “disappointing”, highlighting in particular the 88% drop in insulation installations compared with the same period last year. They called for a raft of interventions to help boost the Government’s flagging flagship scheme.

Jenny Holland, Head of ACE’s Parliamentary Team, said:

“The Government was bracing itself for today’s statistics – and rightly so. Over 38,000 assessments have yielded only 245 requests for Green Deal plans, with only 4 of these actually signed. Given earlier Government predictions of 10,000 Green Deal plans in 2013, the scheme would need to ramp up 2,500-fold in the next six months in order to achieve these dizzy ambitions.

“As we have warned for many months, the insulation industry has been particularly badly hit – with installations of cavity wall, loft and solid wall insulation dropping by around 88% on the equivalent period last year. These installation rates are respectively only 5%, 8% and 7% of what the Committee on Climate Change told us yesterday we need to be achieving to be on track to meet our 2022 carbon target.GDstats“Today’s statistics reveal how urgent it is to launch a rescue package for this flagging flagship scheme. The Government need to take a long hard look at how high interest rates are deterring consumers. They should urgently consider introducing council tax or stamp duty incentives to help boost take-up – something they have been considering for years, but have apparently kicked into the long grass.

“They should also ditch the requirement for measures delivered under the cash-back scheme to be installed by an approved Green Deal provider, thereby excluding many reputable local builders and heating engineers from participating. Finally, they should reverse their perverse decision not to go ahead with plans to require householders who erect extensions or convert their garages to make further energy efficiency improvements to the original building – a policy that they themselves said would lead to energy saving improvements to 2.2 million homes.

“It’s not surprising that DECC chose to bury today’s statistics under seven other announcements. The Green Deal is falling well short of being the “game-changer” that Government Ministers promised us it would be – they must act swiftly and decisively to put it back on track.”

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ACE Research papers well-received at Europe’s largest energy efficiency conference

ACE Research presented two papers at the European Council for an Energy Efficient Economy‘s biennial Summer Study a fortnight ago. One investigates the energy efficiency implications of an ageing population in the context of constricted housing supply. The other examines the history of the Green Deal’s development to date. Continue reading to find the abstracts, along with links to the full papers and their presentations.

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