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Halfway through the Green Deal and ECO Consultation: A busy period of stakeholder engagement

So we’re now halfway through the Green Deal and ECO consultation and the past four weeks has been a busy period of stakeholder engagement. We’ve attended many events – covering a vast variety of subjects – across England, Wales and Scotland. These events have been invaluable to understand your views on the Green Deal and ECO policies and last week was no exception.

Many of you tuned into the Green Deal and ECO webchat which took place for an hour last Thursday. We had 1,260 readers (a DECC record!), asking questions on a whole range of Green Deal and ECO issues.  The DECC officials taking part in the webchat did a great job of answering as many of the 250+ questions as possible.

Don’t worry if you missed the webchat, you can replay the questions and answers on the DECC website and in response to a couple of requests during the webchat, a pdf of the questions with answers will also be made available (also on the DECC site).

In addition to the webchat, a new stakeholder group – The Green Deal Women’s Panel – kicked off last week. This is a group of prominent women, including Sarah Butler-Sloss, Baroness Parminter, Ann Robinson, Tessa  Tennant, Catherine Ashworth, Philippa Forrester, Angela Brady and chaired by Margot James MP. This group of representatives from politics, journalism, industry and the charities has been brought together to consider effective communication and engagement routes to reach women.  Based on the enthusiasm, creativity and ideas at the first meeting, it’s shaping up to be an exciting forum and I’m looking forward to the next instalment in the Spring. 

Please do continue to feed in your views to the Green Deal and ECO Consultation.

11 Responses to “Halfway through the Green Deal and ECO Consultation: A busy period of stakeholder engagement”

  1. Tom Fletcher says:

    There is now additional Green Deal and ECO consultation going on re the recent changes in the Autumn Statement 2013. Whatever that outcome – it will be the smaller businesses that will suffer as they will find it harder to compete with those established in the markets. The considerably lower price per tonne/cost savings etc now being put forward by the all powerful energy companies, will mean barriers to entry for many possible new comers.

  2. Only 1 week to go until the launch date and last weeks announcement on the RHI with possible links to Green Deal has got quite a few people talking.

  3. We are all waiting with baited breath for announcements on the Green Deal and the RHI- might we hear anything in the budget?

  4. Craig Anderson says:

    Hi Tracy A couple of questions . Firstly, is it possible for DECC to get the Dec Q&A blog responses to GD on the web during January? Secondly, having read the blog concerns regarding the weaknesses in the proposed GD Golden Rule ie evidence by the BGas pilot of very poor consumer take up due to insufficient incentive to act – an early indication of ECO subsidy to ensure a likely saving of circa 20% on projected fuel bills would appear essential. Will DECC therefore be market testing the GD Golden Rule concept prior to launch to establish the level of necessary ECO tariff subsidy? Thanks

  5. Nigel Farren says:

    I note a new stakeholder group – The Green Deal Women’s Panel – has been created.

    May I suggest a communities group be established with national representatives for schools, faith groups, resident associations, sports clubs, VCSs etc, attending as these organisations will be pivotal in generating demand at the local level.

    • Tracy Vegro says:

      On engaging communities we:
      •are supporting the Low Carbon Communities Network conference this weekend which includes a session on Green Deal
      •have supported the recent Green Deal community consultation events (including providing speakers) run by the Greening Campaign (11 events in total);
      •note that many of the applications for the DECC funded (£10m) Local Energy Assessment Fund are proposing to carry out capacity building work with the Green Deal in mind; and
      •have established a DECC Ministerial Community Energy Contact Group where there is an option to discuss Green Deal issues if agreed with the Chair.

  6. M.Jones says:

    Many energy assessors are seriously concerned at the DECC’S proposed let’s leave it to “market forces” concerning fee’s for green deal advisors, this may lead to biased reports and open to abuse by panels, just like the epc fiasco, DECC you are about to ruin the Green deal with this attitude.

    • Tracy Vegro says:

      We expect a variety of different offers by the market, which would provide consumers with a choice about how the cost of assessment for their particular property is met.
      However a Green Deal Advisor is paid, the same software tools and processes will have to be used, and the same quality assurance will be carried out.
      Once the Green Deal is established, the market will continue to be monitored to ensure it is operating effectively. We have taken powers in the Energy Act 2011 to make provisions in respect of the payment of Green Deal Advisors and charges to customers if this is deemed necessary.

  7. lee cattermole says:

    Hi Tracy

    I did post a question on the webchat which unfortunatley appeared to go unanswered, would you mind having a go please.

    “Comment From lee cattermole lee cattermole : ]
    I would like to understand how the GD and ECO is going to fill the gap left by CERT funding for off gas fuel poor households. Presently there’s an incentive that works very well for gas DNO’s to connect deprived areas and fuel poor residents to the gas mains. CERT funding is a valuable addition and greatly supports the projects by contributing towards the required internal works (central heating systems). The way the GD and ECO are proposed many of these households will not generate the savings in fuel costs as they are under heating their homes, yet they won’t be eligible to the affordable warmth element of ECO so they fall into an unnecessary void as the qualifying criteria for the schemes will not be complementary. This will have a negative impact across all housing sectors and will lead to a significant reduction in the number of households that benefit from a connection to the gas infrastructure each year. Has there been consultation with the gas DNO companies regarding this and I would like to know how the problem could be addressed.”

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