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    Phil Beynon

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    Carrots, sticks and tambourines; I do not feel that the coalition has much appetite to use the stick. In a recent Government document (may be ESOS) consultation there was a statement indicating that we may see no more “gold plating” of European policy, or at least that one policy mechanism.

    So, will the carrot and tambourines work?

    Again, I feel that so much time and effort has been spent on carrots that in the main appear have been unpalatable to the mass of energy consumers; and the tambourine beating about the same things over and over again, may have the opposite affect to that intended.

    I always use fuel switching as a typical example; Government go on and on about it being free, quick and easy, yet few switch, despite the sizeable savings involved.

    Now, if Government used a carrot and guaranteed consumers that they would save by switching; then things may change; but I cannot convince myself.

    If the energy switching carrot worked, then the same approach could be adopted and extended to increase energy saving activity; but it would take a seriously committed Government to take on such a risk and challenge.

    Finally, I am not much in favour of sticks, as I feel that UK consumers are already over laden with increasing burdens of bureaucracy and controls that cause fatigue and despair to emerge as a result. This opens the door for anyone offering or appearing to offer refuge from such mechanisms.

    Keep up the good work

    Phil

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    ralph perry robinson

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    A sound concept well expressed but how can local government actually disseminate these ideas when national government is so disjointed; take the Dergulation Bill and the Infrastructure Bill side by side as an example. One cuts England out of the ability to set CSH levels while the other sets CSH4 as the baseline.

    Or the contrast between DECC and DCLG… but don’t get me started.

    Excellent article; thank you. I shall try to push it in front of my highers up.

    Ralph ( Energy Policy:Wiltshire)

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      Andrew Warren

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      Ralph

      Excellent news for you, the Government is NOT going to use the Deregulation Bill – or anything else – to remove the right of progressive English local authorities to set higher than minimum energy building regulations standards for new homes.

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    Stanley Rayfield

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    Carrot, stick and tambourines. Excellent analogies and well put.

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      Andrew Warren

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      Thank you for these compliments, much appreciated.

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    ralph perry robinson

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    Hi Andrew

    Thanks for the encouraging words; are you referring to Oliver Letwin’s remarks to Jonathan Reynolds in the Deregulation debate

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    do you have another proof of the government’s good intentions about energy efficiency?

    Sorry to be sceptical but I circulate all the latest ramifications of the bill to various LA sustainability officers and we’re all a little punch drunk with the erosion of the Code and the slowness of Part L reform.

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    Andrew Warren

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    THIS IS THE REFERENCE:

    Before saying a few words about the Bill, I will say something that I know the Solicitor-General would have liked to say at the end of Report, before he was timed out. I see the hon. Member for Stalybridge and Hyde (Jonathan Reynolds) is in his place, and he will know that the Queen’s Speech outlined the steps we will take to deal with zero-carbon homes and establish allowable solutions. We are aware that within that framework, the decision on the commencement date for amendments to the Planning and Energy Act 2008, which restrict the ability of local authorities to impose their own special requirements, must be made in such a way that the ending of those abilities to set special requirements knits properly with the start of the operation of standards for zero-carbon homes and allowable solutions. I hope that will make the hon. Gentleman—and, indeed, my hon. Friends who are concerned about the same question of timing—rest easy.

    Rt Hon Oliver Letwin, third reading, Deregulation Bill. 23/06/14

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