Wednesday, July 25, 2012
Green Deal and ECO secondary legislation passed by the House of
Lords: Framework on track for October
The underpinning framework for the Green Deal and Energy Company
Obligation (ECO) passed another milestone yesterday, 23 July, as
the secondary legislation was approved by the House of Lords -
keeping us on track to Framework completion by October.
In our consultation response, on 11 June, we confirmed
Government's intention to introduce the Green Deal through
supporting a responsible and controlled approach with full national
systems testing. This is to ensure the market has the opportunity
to build steadily.
From 8th August the Green Deal Oversight and Registration Body
will begin registering assessors, providers and installers. Ahead
of the opening of the Register of Green Deal Participants, we will
publish the Green Deal Provider Authorisation Guidance - essential
reading for potential Green Deal providers on what they need to do
to become established and authorised in that role.
From October authorised and accredited assessors will be able to
begin operating so consumers will be ready to complete a Green Deal
Plan at the end of January, when the relevant parts of the
framework regulations come into effect.
Green Deal authorised installers will be able to complete work
for consumers prior to the end of January if paid for upfront or
wholly supported by the Energy Company Obligation. We expect the
number of Green Deal offers available to build from there as more
providers enter the market.
Also in October ECO begins, enabling energy companies and others
to start delivering energy efficiency and heating measures.
Framework on track for October - look out for
forthcoming summer announcements
HECA - we are revitalising the Home Energy Conservation Act
requiring all English local authorities to report on proposed
energy conservation measures to improve the energy efficiency of
their residential accommodation - bearing in mind that the Green
Deal can enable them to achieve this. We will shortly publish
guidance to local authorities on the requirements and how they
might consider framing their local priorities and ambitions - they
are best placed to know the needs of their local residents,
businesses and areas.
And continuing to ensure that Green Deal participants have the
guidance they need to get going and to meet the needs of the
programme, DECC is pleased to be supporting a project led by the
Centre for Sustainable Energy to produce an interactive pack for
community groups and others to enable them to prepare for and make
the best of the opportunities presented by the Green Deal. The pack
will provide robust guidance for communities on getting the best
from the Green Deal in their area, including understanding the
local housing stock and the opportunities for improvement; defining
the options available in their locality, given the skills,
resources and experience available within it; negotiating with
Green Deal Providers and other parts of the Green Deal supply
chain, and engaging local people in a refurbishment