Small utility firms excused from govt programmes
- Published on Thursday, 16 June 2011 16:11
- Posted by Scott Buckler
Small utility providers will no longer have to take part in two government programmes - the Carbon Emissions Reduction Target (CERT) and the Community Energy Saving Programme (CESP) (June 16th)
Energy minister Charles Hendry made the announcement, claiming that it will remove the burden on small firms that are hindered from entering and growing in the market because of the schemes.
Under CERT, energy suppliers must help to reduce CO2 emissions from households by promoting the uptake of energy efficiency measures such as encouraging customers to install cavity wall insulation.
Meanwhile, CESP aims to improve energy efficiency standards in low income households and reduce energy bills.
The announcement comes as a review is taken into the energy market which seeks to remove the stronghold of the Big Six firms that account for 99 per cent of the market.
"Reducing red tape for smaller suppliers will help them grow and encourage new players into the market," explained Mr Hendry. "Increased competition can help bring down prices and encourage innovation, benefitting energy consumers.
"It's vital that we improve energy efficiency without placing disproportionate costs on small suppliers."