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    J Richard Snape

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    Thanks for putting these up on the web and thanks for the entertaining presentation of two incisive and timely papers.

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      Pedro Guertler

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      Thanks for your generous comment! Good to see you again at the Summer Study.

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    John Alker

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    Pedro

    Good summary of the Green Deal, but one significant omission. Surely worth highlighting the UK-GBC report of 2009 which was funded by Ed Miliband’s DECC to explore how Pay As You Save might work in practice. The Task Group that produced the report was chaired by David Adams, then of Knauf Insulation.

    Many of the current issues, such as interest rates, incentives, billing mechanisms etc, were explored at length in that report.

    http://www.ukgbc.org/resources/publication/uk-gbc-task-group-report-pay-you-save-pays

    John Alker

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      Pedro Guertler

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      Hi John,

      Yes indeed. Its insights did help frame the critique and concerns as the Green Deal became more concrete, including those reflected and expressed in the paper. It has to be said that the electoral watershed (almost inevitably) set back the level the PAYS debate had already reached by then.

      Pedro

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    J Richard Snape

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    I suppose you’ve seen the reports released today about Green Deal takeup (https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/green-deal-household-tracker-survey-waves-1-and-2-report and https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/green-deal-assessment-survey-summary-report). Despite the press release, I fear they make rather depressing reading. It would appear that a very small minority of those who implemented or are about to implement measures after the green deal assessment actually used the Green Deal finance option. A fairly large chunk (23%) of those who implemented measures but didn’t use green deal financing (150 households) said they – “Don’t like borrowing/taking out finance/prefer to pay up-front”. My view is that this is a significant problem – homeowners are not corporations. 18% of those 150 were not even aware of the financing option.

    A cynic might say that having the financing available but not taken up may not be far from what some in government desire…

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