INCA Responds to ECO2 Consultation

INCA_thumbINCA has submitted a comprehensive response to the ECO2 consultation on behalf of the EWI industry.

The consultation was published by the Department of Energy and Climate Change in June this year, with these main objectives;

– to provide interested parties with visibility of the DECC’s high level vision for supplier obligations to 2022

– to set out specific proposals for a first set of reforms, to be delivered from 2017

– to seek views on both the proposed changes for this first year transition and the high level design for the longer term (2018-22).

The response from INCA, calls on Government to double the target for SWI measures in the 2017 ECO transition period.

Analysis undertaken by AgilityEco on behalf of INCA shows that the cost estimates in the Government Impact Assessment are overstated by more than £200 million and that the ECO support required to deliver SWI is much lower than assumed.

The response also highlights that the low target is likely to be achieved even before the new scheme begins and the resulting hiatus could reduce industry capacity for future years.

INCA will continue to work with DBEIS to ensure that the target for SWI under ECO is based on accurate evidence and a strong focus is given to SWI in order to tackle fuel poverty.

You can view the consultation document here and see INCA’s response here.

ECO Replacement

deccLast week the INCA Advocacy Committee met with DECC to discuss the design of the new energy supplier obligation announced at the end of last year.

ECO 2 will be extended from April 2017 and a cheaper scheme focused on fuel poverty will be launched in April 2018 for four years. A consultation on the extension to ECO 2 is expected this spring with a consultation on the new scheme to follow at the end of the year. INCA has already highlighted the need for both an SWI minimum and an uplift to target fuel poor households living in solid wall homes. INCA will continue to be actively engaged with ECO on behalf of the EWI industry and submit a comprehensive response to both consultations.

NIA Calls on DECC to announce its intentions on ECO & GDHIF

PrintThe National Insulation Association (NIA) yesterday (Thursday 2nd July) called on ministers from the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) to make announcements about their intentions for the Energy Company Obligation (ECO) when the scheme comes to an end in 2017, and the Green Deal Home Improvement Fund (GDHIF), before the Summer Recess on July 21, 2015.

As the NIA explains, recent figures published by DECC and OFGEM on ECO showed that the energy companies have already made significant progress towards their targets for ECO2 (April 2015 – end March 2017) , and that based on the installation rates for 2014/15, the target could be achieved one year early in the first quarter of 2016.

This, the Association told Roofzine, is reflected in the major slow down in recent ECO activity, where just 29,000 measures were installed in April 2015 – a two-year low – compared to 51,000 measures in March 2015 and 58,000 in April 2014.

The NIA points out that in addition to this, the GDHIF – which was designed to compensate for the shortfall in ECO activity following Government cuts to the scheme in 2014, is also on hold whilst the industry awaits decisions from ministers.

The NIA says the combined effect of these two factors has resulted in a collapse in insulation activity which it says is “harmful to householders and the industry alike”.

Neil Marshall, chief executive of the NIA, said: “We would like DECC ministers to confirm that there will be an ECO post 2017, the broad shape of it and when they are likely to publish detailed proposals, and we would like them to give some indication of what they are intending for GDHIF and whether there will be any further releases of funding in the short term.”

This news follows the publication of the Committee on Climate Change’s (CCC) annual progress report, which highlighted that all main insulation measures are behind the required trajectory to achieve the UK’s carbon reduction targets – which in the case of solid wall insulation, the NIA points out, is some 500,000 behind trajectory.

The NIA also explained that the CCC recommended to Government that urgent decisions were needed on the future of ECO post 2017 to provide some assurance to the supply chain.

GDHIF Phase 3 Announced

hays_1226562DECC announced on 26 March that the £70 million of funding available under GDHIF Phase 3 for SWI and two measures had been allocated.

However an additional £5 million is still available for two measures, the GDAR refund and Homebuyer’s Bonus from the unallocated GDHIF Phase 2 fund.

The GDHIF Claims Portal  is now accepting Phase 3 vouchers for payment.

To redeem a voucher, a homeowner must provide their voucher reference, email address used on their application, and property address before uploading their completed voucher, an invoice for the energy saving measure(s) and the GDAR invoice and/or relevant documentation for the Homebuyer’s Bonus (if applicable).

The latest monthly statistics from DECC show that 15,500 GDHIF vouchers worth £79 million had been paid by the end of February, which represents just over 50% of the funding available under the first two phases of the scheme. 2,310 SWI installations were completed in February, bringing the total number so far under GDHIF to 13,118.

78,012 SWI measures had been installed under ECO by the end of January, which is just 5.8% of all ECO measures. Green Deal Plans were up 13% in February but the number of GD Installers continued to decrease, down 2.3% on January 2015 and at the lowest level since November 2013

GDHIF Phase 1 Vouchers Extended

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DECC recently confirmed in a press release that Green Deal Home Improvement Fund (GDHIF) phase 1 vouchers will be extended to 31 March 2015.

This one-off voucher extension, which is effective immediately, applies to vouchers that have an expiry date before 31 March 2015 and have not yet been redeemed including vouchers that have already expired.

To claim, eligible householders should complete the work and submit their voucher to the scheme administrator by 31 March 2015.

Phase 2 vouchers for for solid wall insulation are not be affected and will be valid for six months as per the expiry date on the voucher; however, DECC is encouraging the industry to redeem phase 2 vouchers before 31 March 2015 to ensure that as much funding as possible is allocated from that available in this financial year.

To find out more about Alumasc’s External Wall Insulation Systems click here or call +44 (0) 3335 771 700.

Government reaches one million home target for energy efficiency schemes

Energy efficiency measures have been installed in one million homes as a result of Green Deal Fund External Wall InsulationGovernment schemes, according to the latest figures from the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC).

By the end of November 2014, the combination of the Energy Company Obligation (ECO) and Green Deal schemes had delivered measures to 1,021,000 homes – four months ahead of the March 2015 target DECC had set itself.

The large majority of installed measures (97%) were delivered through ECO.

Ed Davey, secretary of state for Energy and Climate Change, said:

“Helping to make one million homes in Britain warmer through energy efficiency is great news – and to hit our target early is even better.

One million extra homes already have permanently lower energy bills – whether that’s thanks to better insulation or more effective boilers. The challenge now is to continue this drive – and our next installment of the Green Deal Home Improvement Fund is coming soon.”

Energy and Climate Change minister Amber Rudd
said:

“More than one million homes across the country – including over 28,000 homes in rural areas – are enjoying a warmer, cheaper and greener winter thanks to our policies.

I want to see energy companies continue to deliver their obligations so more people can reap the benefits and stay warm this winter and every winter.”

However, following the Government’s announcement in December 2013 of proposed cuts to ECO, and an extension to its current targets, the number of measures installed under the scheme have showed month-on-month decline. November 2014 was no exception, with measures down 10% from the previous month.

The implementation of the Green Deal Home Improvement Fund (GDHIF) was intended to offset the changes made to ECO, but is only available for short periods when funds are released. The most recent phase of GDHIF saw £24m in funding for solid wall insulation – the sector considered most at risk from ECO cuts – swallowed in just over a day, with more funds to be made available in February 2014.

Up to a further £6 million is still up for grabs – homeowners can apply for up to £1,600 if they install two measures from a list of home improvements under the Fund.

If you require further information regarding the Green Deal Home Improvement Fund or ECO please contact Alumasc Facades on 03335771700 or visit our website www.alumascfacades.co.uk.

Source: http://www.rcimag.co.uk/

Government installs over one million energy efficiency measures

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Over a million measures have been installed through the government’s various energy efficiency schemes since the beginning of 2013, according to the latest figure
s released by the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC).

Between January 2013 and the end of October 2014, 1,023,000 measures have been installed through the Energy Company Obligation (ECO), Cashback, the Green Deal and the Green Deal Home Improvement Fund (GDHIF). Despite changes to the scheme meaning that it will have its targets significantly reduced, ECO has been responsible for 97% of these measures.

When last recorded by the DECC, over 819,000 properties had installed measures through the energy efficiency initiatives. DECC has promised to complete measures in o
ne million homes by March 2015; a target which it says it is “on course to achieve”.

DECC’s findings also show that despite the relatively low number of Green Deal Plans in use (just over 8,000, with less than half complete and therefore ‘live’), over 420,000 Green Deal Assessments (GDAs) have taken place since the scheme’s launch. Well over one million improvements have been recommended as a result of these assessments, however the majority of households are choosing not to pursue the Green Deal further.

However, in Foundations in Place, the first Annual Report for the Green Deal and ECO, the parliamentary under secretary of state for DECC, Amber Rudd, said: “Surveys consistently report that around 80% of those who received an assessment have said they have installed at least one recommended measure, or have active plans to do so.”

The most common measure to be recommended following an assessment was to improve a property’s loft insulation, which accounted for 14% of all recommended measures and was recommended in 45% of all GDAs. However, when taken together, almost 55% of recommended improvements were for some form of insulation. It is thought this is the reason behind the separation of solid wall insulation into its own fund within the second phase of the Green Deal Home Improvement Fund (GDHIF).

DECC also published updated figures for the first version of the GDHIF, which closed after just six weeks when it was reported that the entire £120m fund was allocated. However, by the end of November 2014, there were over 20,600 active applications under the first GDHIF, totalling around £111m. DECC has yet to announce the allocation of the fund’s remaining £9m.

Ms. Rudd added that both the Green Deal and ECO will continue to undergo changes throughout 2015, with a reduction in ECO’s targets already confirmed for April.

Source: http://www.rcimag.co.uk/

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GDHIF Phase 2 – Latest Update

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The Green Deal Home Improvement Fund (GDHIF) remains closed to SWI applications after the £24 million of funding available for SWI under phase 2 was allocated in less than two days at the end of last year.  Further releases of funding will be announced on a quarterly basis with the next tranche expected in February.

DECC is currently reporting separately on GDHIF phase 2 and the last weekly report on 7 January shows that 1,533 vouchers including SWI have been issued out of a total of 5,520 applications.

For more information on the Green Deal please contact Alumasc Facades on 01744 648 400 or visit our website www.alumascfacades.co.uk

Green Deal Home Improvement Fund Phase 2 Closed to SWI

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The Green Deal Home Improvement Fund (GDHIF) was closed to SWI applications less than two days after reopening last week after all the funding available for SWI under phase 2 was allocated.

Figures released by DECC on 12 December revealed that 5,882 applications including SWI were received in just under 30 hours totaling £24 million, which was the amount ring-fenced for SWI.  Only 196 applications were received for two other measures and DECC confirmed in a press release that the scheme remains open for this type of application with almost £5.8 million still available.  Further releases of funding will be announced on a quarterly basis with the next tranche expected in February 2015 and INCA is liaising with DECC regarding the ‘recycling’ of funding from phase 1 vouchers which are not redeemed.

GDHIF second release: funding fully allocated for solid wall insulation

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Up to £24 million worth of funding for solid wall insulation has been allocated to households in England and Wales through the second release of the Green Deal Home Improvement Fund (GDHIF) creating a pipeline of work for the industry to carry out over the coming months.

Applications for solid wall insulation have now closed, however, subject to terms and conditions, domestic energy customers can still apply for up to £6 million to make energy efficient home improvements through GDHIF, including:
– up to £1000 for installing two measures from an approved list;
– up to £100 refunded for their Green Deal Assessment if that recommends the measures applied for;
– up to £500 more if applying within 12 months of buying a new home.

Details of further releases of funding will be announced on a quarterly basis with the next release expected in February 2015. Funding is part of the additional £100 million for household energy efficiency measures announced in October 2014 which is in addition to the £450 million already allocated to household energy efficiency over 2014 – 17.

Energy and Climate Change Minister Amber Rudd said:

“The Green Deal Home Improvement Fund has been incredibly popular – it’s helping thousands of people have warmer homes and more control of their energy bills. Although the fund for solid wall insulation is fully allocated, there’s still money available now for a range of other measures and another release of funding is expected in February.

“More than three quarters of a million homes have already had energy saving improvements installed as a result of the Energy Company Obligation and Green Deal.”

Remaining funds are limited and DECC may vary the terms of the scheme (including the incentive rates) or suspend or close the scheme, with immediate effect, without notice and at any time.

If you require any further advice on energy efficiency or any more information regarding the Green Deal please contact Alumasc Facades on +44 (0)1744 648 400. Alternatively click here to visit our website.