Energy Bill Revolution

A new campaign to help households reduce their energy bills and make their homes warmer has been launched by ACE and others.

The Energy Bill Revolution Campaign calls on Government to invest the money it receives from carbon taxes into improving the energy efficiency of our homes.

From 2013 Government will receive a huge increase in revenue fom two key carbon taxes – the sale of allowances in the EU Emissions Trading Scheme and the new Carbon Floor Price. Research commissioned by the Campaign has calculated these revenues will be on average £4bn a year.ncy of our homes.

If invested in energy efficiency in the housing stock, this money could remove 9 out of 10 households from fuel poverty, it could produce four times the carbon savings achieved by Green Deal and Energy Company Obligation together and could create between 30,000 and 50,000 direct jobs and up to 200,000 indirect jobs in the wider economy.

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  • Invest in energy efficiency and kick-start the economy

    An report published today shows that investing in improving the energy efficiency of our homes is the best way to create jobs, stimulate the economy and tackle fuel poverty. The Consumer Focus report – ‘Jobs, growth and warmer homes’ – compared the economic benefits of energy efficiency investment with a wide range of other Government spending options.

  • Government slashes fuel poverty spending

    Government has released its fuel poverty figures for 2010 today. The figures show the numbers of households suffering from fuel poverty fell by 0.4m in the year of highest expenditure on energy efficiency. The official projections for this year see levels rise again to 3.9m households which is close to the 13 year high of 4m households in 2009. In a statement released alongside the figures, DECC acknowledges that higher incomes and greater improvements in energy efficiency in the housing stock are the cause of the fall in fuel poverty in 2010.

  • ACE response to the Hills Fuel Poverty Review Interim Report

    ACE welcomes the work by Professor Hills and many of the findings within the Interim Report; particularly that fuel poverty is a distinct problem from poverty in general. Whilst we acknowledge that the existing definition of fuel poverty is potentially overly sensitive to changes in fuel prices and broadly welcome the new approach that combines households with both low incomes and unreasonable fuel costs, we have several concerns with the definition Hills proposes. Most notably: The use of an absolute equivalised energy need to determine energy costs is not an effective measure. The ‘energy need’ within the English Housing Survey (used to determine fuel poverty numbers) does not require equivalising. The approach also puts undue weight on the size of households, prioritising the largest rather than the least efficient. The median threshold set by Hills is not credible, being both insufficient in determining ‘unreasonable’ costs, and set in such a way as to make eradication impossible through reducing energy need in fuel poor households. The new definition is under-sensitive to fuel prices: it is wrong that fuel poverty numbers would only be marginally affected by policy costs added to bills by Government.

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