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TOPIC: Great Deal or No Deal - How is The Green Deal working for you?

Great Deal or No Deal - How is The Green Deal working for you? 7 months ago #1

There still appears to be some confusion of how and when the Green Deal is deemed successful. Surely this must be when people who cannot afford to pay escalating fuel prices are helped.

What Green Deal Projects are making a genuine difference to those most in need in your area?

Re: Great Deal or No Deal - How is The Green Deal working for you? 7 months ago #2

The 11 local authorities across the City Region have agreed to work together to deliver the Government’s Green Deal initiative, enabling in the first few years more than 12,000 homes to make energy-saving home improvements, reducing bills and carbon emissions.

The £100m Leeds City Region scheme could create over 600 new jobs in three years and support up to 24,000 direct and supply chain jobs over the next 25 years.

Councillor Mehboob Khan, Leeds City Region lead on the Green Deal explains:

“We are taking a dynamic approach to tackling fuel poverty, reducing health inequalities and creating jobs.

“Our scheme will be the largest in the country and our residents will be able to get a much better deal due to the economies of scale we are going to achieve by working collectively.

"This is an effective way for businesses and residents to pay for energy efficient improvements such as insulation and new heating systems. No householder should be worse off financially and the charge is attached to the electricity meter, paid through the electricity bill and remains with the house if it is sold or re-let. Successive occupiers therefore pay for and have the benefit of the works carried out."

The Leeds City Region Partnership in association with Construction and Housing Yorkshire will be running an event on 29 April specifically designed for local SME construction, heating, insulation companies and sole traders to learn about the scheme, how it will generate opportunities including training and accreditation.

The Partnership will be looking for a delivery partner to set up and manage the Leeds City Region Green Deal programme. The procurement process will start in May 2013.

Re: Great Deal or No Deal - How is The Green Deal working for you? 7 months ago #3

Earlier this year, I helped to launch Birmingham Energy Savers, a new programme designed to help residents save money on their fuel bills.
The official statistics show that more than one in four Birmingham households are classed as being in fuel poverty. These numbers are certainly borne out by my own experience of trying to help residents who are struggling to meet the costs of heating their homes, often in the face of rising costs.
Birmingham Energy Savers will help residents by carrying out a home audit to identify energy efficiency measures and recommending a “Green Deal Plan” of improvements. Crucially, the scheme allows residents to pay for some or all of the improvements by instalments through their electricity bill. Repayments will cost no more than a typical household should save through energy costs.
The programme should reduce residents’ energy bills by up to £300 a year, which would take up to 40,000 Brummies out of fuel poverty by 2015. It will also help to create more jobs for Birmingham residents, providing a direct investment in skills and opportunities for local people.
To find out more, please visit the Birmingham Energy Savers website.

Re: Great Deal or No Deal - How is The Green Deal working for you? 1 month, 1 week ago #4

I work within the Public Protection Department. I work as part of a team that deals with not just energy efficiency matters , but Food, Health and Safety and Private Housing Disrepair issues too. Although our resources are limited , we have been involved in a variety of energy efficiency schemes.
• Secured funding through DECC and worked with a local contractor to fit 78 A rated boilers to fuel poor homes in our district. We are hoping to run another smaller scale boiler scheme in Gedling this Winter.
• We have been running an Energy Referral Scheme in partnership with Age Concern, Nottinghamshire County Council and the Fire Service . They refer people through to us, then we carry out a visit to their property to advise on how to keep their home warm and reduce their energy bills
Although we are trying encouraging residents towards the Green Deal, take up has been slow. We have been concentrating main our efforts towards the Energy Company Obligation and have been working, in partnership British Gas and Eon for the bulk of our energy efficiency work , as we have found that this works for us .

Re: Great Deal or No Deal - How is The Green Deal working for you? 1 month ago #5

My local authority does not have a housing stock, but it does act as a promoter, encouraging the take up by residents and landlords of third party energy efficiency improvements and funding. This includes advocating the Green Deal and Energy Company Obligation locally.

Re: Great Deal or No Deal - How is The Green Deal working for you? 3 weeks, 2 days ago #6

There still appears to be some confusion of how and when the Green Deal is deemed successful. Surely this must be when people who cannot afford to pay escalating fuel prices are helped.

What Green Deal Projects are making a genuine difference to those most in need in your area?

Although the Green Deal could be a fantastic opportunity for people unable to fund energy efficiency improvements, the detail still puts the whole programme in doubt. Until there are clear answers to issues such as, the interest rate, what happens when the bill isn’t paid, how much the administration and assessments cost, how much it will cost to repay a Green Deal Loan early and how landlords are going to be able to pass on higher electricity bills to new tenants, it will be a product that is difficult to endorse.

The principal, probably all agree, is good and there is a genuine need for people to have assessments and clear priorities for making improvements to their homes with all the associated benefits in carbon reduction, cost and energy savings as well as health improvements.

Where Eco is available it is likely that householders will take up the offer of the most cost effective measures but this will probably be paid for by a cheaper or more flexible alternative to Green Deal. Those householders able to raise finance from savings or cheaper commercial loans will no doubt go down this route once energy costs are at such a level that they feel they must act. The more vulnerable householders are likely to be left behind again, unless Councils step in to assist either by endorsing the Green Deal (possibly picking up the pieces in cases where it fails) or using some other locally developed product e.g. prudential borrowing or perhaps a little more creatively by partnering local Credit Unions.

Re: Great Deal or No Deal - How is The Green Deal working for you? 1 week, 1 day ago #7

One of the most important points about fuel consumption is that when there is efficient insulation, LESS FUEL IS NEEDED! It seems that so much attention is paid to the price of fuel that we forget to argue for one of the most positive and useful aspects of green measures. INSULATION IS EVERYTHING!!!

Also, one of the biggest injustices in this country relates to the fact that the poorest and least able people pay the highest prices for their fuel, in that key meter users pay more than people who pay by direct debit/quarterly bills.

The reality is that first of all, key meter users pre-pay! They deserve to be rewarded for this. Secondly, the very fact that they are using less fuel, ought to mean that they pay less - they are contributing to the overall health of the planet and the Green Plan - to use less energy. Thirdly, in other countries - for example in Ireland (not so far away or so different from the UK) pre-payment meter users pay LESS. Why do fuel companies and ultimately our government punish these people? Effectively, poor people are subsidising the better off.

In one easy move, many people could be helped into a much better position financially (and would probably spend more on their fuel bill if we do have to concentrate on profit) if they were given a fair deal. We need to push for this.
Last Edit: 1 week ago by Kauser Aslam.
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