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Green Deal & ECO Consultation

Alongside ACE Research’s ‘Dead CERT’ report, published today, ACE has submitted its response to the Government’s consultation on the Green Dea; and Energy Company Obligation. Addressing all aspects of the consultation, the main thrust of our response is that the outcomes envisaged by the £1.3 billion expenditure proposed for the ECO fall far short of what is required to meet Carbon Budgets and eradicate fuel poverty.

Furthermore, this level of spend is also less than historical levels of expenditure under CERT and Warm Front – despite Ministerial assurances that the ECO would “bring a far greater level of resource to bear on the fuel poor” than previously. With the ECO’s limited ambitions for tackling fuel poverty, the consultation concedes that a mere 325,000 households will be assisted by the end of March 2015. In the context of at least 5 million households in fuel poverty, we believe that the Government has abdicated any serious attempt to meet its 2016 duty to eradicate fuel poverty.

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