£6bn for energy efficiency and fuel poverty measures

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As part of a drive to put British innovation at the forefront of green technology, two new consultations have been announced under the government’s Clean Growth Strategy. The consultations target domestic energy efficiency and energy support for low income households, with the government committed to provide support up to at least 2028, totaling over £6bn.

Bringing down energy costs

Under the Clean Growth Strategy it is hoped that over 2 million homes reach Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) Band C by 2030, helping to save energy and reduce the cost of bills.

The government’s flagship Energy Company Obligation (ECO) scheme plays an important role in this, with its focus on bringing down bills for low income and vulnerable households through energy efficiency and insulation measures.

Supporting low income households

The ECO scheme is to be refocused to provide support for energy efficiency improvements solely to low income households. Over 900,000 homes are expected to see improvements such as better heating systems and insulation by March 2022.

In addition, the Warm Home Discount scheme, which provides a top-up of up to £140 to vulnerable households, is to be extended beyond next Winter with eligibility also extended to help those in work who receive Universal Credit and have earnings of less than £16,190 a year.

Claire Perry, Energy and Clean Growth Minister, said: “We have made clear our commitment to eradicating fuel poverty and by making our flagship energy scheme 100% focused on low-income families.

As set out in our Clean Growth Strategy, we also want to continue to drive world-leading British innovation in green technologies for the benefit of all consumers. That’s why we are increasing the opportunity for energy suppliers to get funding to develop new and innovative energy saving products and services, like the award winning company Q-bot’s robotic insulation service.”

Energy expert view

“A re-focusing and commitment to two of the key support mechanisms in the ECO and Warm Home Discount schemes is very welcome. A continuing commitment to tackle fuel poverty and energy efficiency is key to the government’s aim of reducing emissions at the same time as controlling energy costs whilst also providing support to the UK’s low emission and energy efficient technology and service sectors.” Alastair Fells MEI, Incorporated Eng, PG Dip Fuel Tech, BSc Hons

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