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Green Deal – Green Light

 In a milestone month for the Green Deal it was great to start the week in Birmingham congratulating the City Council and Carillion Energy Services on its Green Deal delivery partnership.  Birmingham Energy Savers Programme plans to refurbish around 60,000 homes and non domestic buildings.  To support this tremendous work we recently awarded £2.6m to the City Council to help kick start Green Deal activity across the City.   

When we published the Government Response to the Green Deal consultation back in June, we said October 2012 wouldn’t be a “big bang” launch, but a green light to the market to get started.  Industry and other key stakeholders told us they wanted to see a steady introduction to this ambitious programme – with full systems testing to ensure fullest market readiness – to ensure a smooth customer experience when Green Deal Plans are available from late January.  We agreed with them. 

Since then, industry stakeholders have worked side by side with us to ensure the final pieces of the Framework came together in readiness for the regulations to switch on this month.  I am immensely grateful to those who have – and continue to – work with us to get ready for the Green Deal and to test the key systems and processes underpinning it.

I was delighted that by last Monday, when the Green Deal Arrangements Agreement (GDAA) between the energy suppliers and Green Deal Providers came into force, 73 installer organisations and 7 assessor bodies had been authorised and 2 applicants – Insta Group and Inteb Sustainability – had already completed the authorisation process to become our first Green Deal Providers.  They are true pioneers – and I’m looking forward to many of those currently progressing through registration and fitness testing joining them shortly.  The Green Deal Oversight and Registration Body (ORB) has been operational for barely 8 weeks so it’s encouraging to see it doing steady business.

Other important elements taking effect last week include the Green Deal Code of Practice and the Green Deal Quality Mark which must be used by authorised participants to provide key assurances both for industry and for consumers.  And last week we also updated the Green Deal Measures Guidance.  

The Energy Saving Advice Service (0300 123 1234) has been operational a little longer and when I visited a fortnight ago I saw for myself the quality set up and service there. I am pleased to hear that its phones have been buzzing with enquiries about the Green Deal as authorised participants begin to operate; offering appointments for accredited assessments and quotation services.  Authorised Green Deal Providers will be able to offer Green Deal plans to consumers from 28 January 2013, when the Green Deal really gets off the ground – and we expect the number of customer offers to build from there as more players enter the market.

I’m committed to helping the Green Deal get off the ground.  Last month we announced £12m of funding to seven major cities across England, including Birmingham City Council, who are well advanced in their plans to deliver the Green Deal.  The money is supporting ‘demonstrator’ projects to trial key aspects of the Green Deal and support future Green Deal activity in these areas.  Activity includes Green Deal assessments, loan arrangements to fund work and show homes to provide local examples of what can be achieved.  I’m really encouraged by what I’ve seen today in Birmingham and I look forward to seeing for myself how the other projects develop. 

I want to ensure that businesses of all sizes can play a part in the Green Deal.  Over 1600 companies attended DECC’s national summer road show which was way oversubscribed, so it’s great that DECC is able to host additional events in October in London, Leicester and Middlesbrough.  We know that we won’t be able to reach out in person to every organisation across Great Britain wanting to hear more about the Green Deal and the opportunities for promoting local jobs and growth, so we’re providing extra help for local authorities wishing to hold events before January.  Interested authorities can find out more on the DECC website.  

It’s worth remembering that we’ve made available free registration to small companies wanting to train to be installers and with the Sector Skills Council we are funding 2000 assessor and installer training places.   

Last week marked the start of our phased implementation.  The market is open and is coming alive.  It’s great to see it happening at last – and this is only the beginning.   

 

 

 

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Posted on: Oct 8 2012

16 Responses to “Green Deal – Green Light”

  1. [...] efficiency and heating measures worth an estimated £1.3 billion a year.Read Greg’s blog here. This entry was posted in Company News, News. Read the next and previous News posts… United [...]

  2. Al Green says:

    Green Deal holds great potential for the whole sector, but information available is confusing and press releases further muddy the water as they hale the launch and ‘big up’ the Green Deal but many of the systems and standards are not yet in place to allow approval under the scheme and as I have stated before it would be a shame if the scheme were to limited in its uptake by both installers and consumers due to perhaps misleading information regarding its true availability.

  3. John Sten says:

    As a green deal provider, installer and advisor it is great news for us. I hope that it will work for us.

  4. Dene Carvell says:

    Given that we (EMHA) have now completed training for Green Deal Advisors (GDA) & will shortly be accredited as GDAO i would have thought there would be software available to complete accurately the Occupancy element of the GDAR & as yet the BRE software is not suitable in its current format.
    We are actively promoting Green Deal with our customers but are unable due to the above limitations to produce GDAR for customers – Greg, Please put pressure on whoever to rectify this situation soon

  5. Hi – one of the previous respondents says that Asset Skills is the sector skills council that administers the funding to train Green Deal Advisors (Assessors). Is similar funding available for installers such as Gas safe plumbers?

  6. Tom Fletcher says:

    The Government will need to convince the consumers/businesses [through its publicity campaign], that The Green Deal loans [GD] will make cost effective financial sense. Also to make clear the other applicable benefits of no up front costs, warmer and cheaper to run homes, upgraded or new products etc as we as reducing CO2 and the costs to the Public Purse [The Primary reasons for the GD]. Governmental Truth and Transparency is key!

    Everyone within the Green Deal should get on board ‘selling’ both The Green Deal and Energy Efficient Concept. Further the sales of other products and services is a key area to maximise consumer energy efficient choice as well as maximise CO2 reductions.

    Lets hope the Roadshows are more specific this time as when I attended earlier in the year – the lack of knowledge and information on specific areas was shocking.

  7. Neil Cox says:

    Hi ,Thks for info below …

    I have another question regarding invoice payments re Green Deal Installers.How long it will be from completion of job/invoice till the installers gets paid…i have heard that this could be 60/90 days from invoice..

  8. linn says:

    Asset Skills is the sector skills council that administers the funding to train Green Deal Advisors (Assessors).
    You can register on their website to be informed if further funding becomes available.
    http://www.assetskills.org/GreenSkills/GreenDealDECCTraining.aspx

  9. Neil Cox says:

    It’s worth remembering that we’ve made available free registration to small companies wanting to train to be installers and with the Sector Skills Council we are funding 2000 assessor and installer training places.

    Can anyone point me in the direction regarding free registration/funding for installers/Assessors … i have search hi and low and cannot not find anything anywhere ..

  10. [...] Blogging on the DECC website this week, Minister Gregory Barker described them as ‘true pioneers’ as he also paid tribute to all of our industry stakeholders who worked side by side with DECC to ensure the final pieces of the Green Deal Framework came together in readiness for the regulations to switch on this month. “The Green Deal Oversight and Registration Body (ORB) has been operational for barely 8 weeks so it’s encouraging to see it doing steady business” the Minister said. [...]

  11. [...] answered recent criticisms about the initiatives lack of preparation and application in his blog statement. He reminded the consumers that the October 2012 launch date was never intended to be a “big [...]

  12. Graham Dawson says:

    Hi, I have been in contact with sector skills council about funding for a green deal assessor and they don’t know about any such funding who can I speak to about funding thanks

  13. John Martin says:

    Green Deal is ‘officially launched’ but its not clear really just what this means, how many GDP’s are hitting the ground running and what exactly is available. Those close to the Green Deal know exactly where the scheme is at, but for most installers and consumers it really is not that clear. ‘is it or isn’t it?’ is a common cry.
    Green Deal holds great potential for the whole sector, but information available is confusing and press releases further muddy the water as they hale the launch and ‘big up’ the Green Deal but many of the systems and standards are not yet in place to allow approval under the scheme and as I have stated before it would be a shame if the scheme were to limited in its uptake by both installers and consumers due to perhaps misleading information regarding its true availability.
    We are fully behind the Green Deal but are concerned about its image in the eye of the installer and wish that information regarding Green Deal was more factual and concise to avoid any misunderstanding and subsequently negativity or apathy about the scheme as this only hinders uptake.

    • Hi I agree – we have spent lots of time trying to present the scheme to installers and homeowners in a way thats accessible but it is difficult given the lack of clarity. I think we all need to prodcue concise guides that steer people along the right path that are constantly updated ass we reach the true launch next year.

  14. Last week’s announcement sparked alot of excitement from a lot of installers & advisors. Many had been misinformed that the whole scheme had been delayed until January, however, as we all know this wasn’t the case and alot of the ground work has now started.

    The next few months leading into the new year will be an exciting time for the sector as we see a glimpse of the demand that will probably really ignite once we return from the Christmas break. A host of new measures in the new PAS consultation will further widen the coverage of the scheme. Alongside this, the recent RHI consultations only add to the potential that this industry has to offer, not only to meet our carbon targets but also to create jobs and sustainable growth in what will be one of the biggest sectors in the UK econonomy for many decades to come, but also in the short term adding to our immediate economic recovery

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