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    Green Deal secondary legislation has been released

Green Deal updates
By editor | 11 Jun, 2012
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The government today released details of legislation that will allow strengthen consumer protection, lessen the burden placed on industry and implement the Energy Company Obligation (ECO).

Today’s announcement from Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) set out the steps that will ensure Green Deal and ECO rules are established by October.
Details of the final policy have been published in the response document today after over 600 responses to the November consultation on the Green Deal and ECO.

A renewed focus on disadvantaged areas and households will mean an extra 100,000 households will benefit each year when compared to original government proposals bringing the total to 230,000 annually.

Energy secretary and climate change secretary Edward Davey said: “We have listened very carefully to what industry, consumer groups, and other organisations have told us. Broad support for a managed, tested and careful introduction of the Green Deal fits exactly with our objective to provide an excellent customer experience from day one and a market where a range of new players can readily participate.

“I am determined to make sure that, in addition to creating huge opportunities for Green Deal providers and businesses along with thousands of new jobs, this new market in energy efficiency will deliver the very best deal for consumers.”

ECO changes include allowing more hard-to-treat cavity walls to qualify for protection while those in low income and rural areas will receive specific support. An estimated 2.8million hard-to-treat properties will now be eligible under the ECO.

Over the next few months, assessors, installers and Green Deal Providers will be the priority to ensure companies are ready to begin work in time for the October launch. From August accredited certification bodies can register with the Green Deal Registration and Oversight Body.

New systems from energy suppliers for Green Deal charge collection will be tested in time for the signing of the first Green Deal plans in January 2013.

Today’s publications include a final impact assessment and associated research, confirm Ofgem as ECO Administrator and establishes 45 measures which will qualify for Green Deal finance.

The government has said that it will soon announce the contract awards for the Green Deal Registration and Oversight Body and the Green Deal Ombudsman and Investigation Service function.
 
DECC published the following information on its consultation page:
 
Government Response to Green Deal/ECO Consultation.
Final Stage Impact Assessment for the Green Deal and Energy Company Obligation.

Progress on setting up the Green Deal Framework.

Customer insight research: Green Deal language research; Green Deal Business survey;Green Deal subsidy research; and Research into funding for home improvements.

Which measures qualify for Green Deal finance.

How the Green Deal will reflect the in-situ performance of energy efficiency measures.

ECO Carbon Saving Community Obligation: Rural and Low Income Areas.



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