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Archive for January, 2013

Green Deal launched today but questions remain

The Green Deal launched on Monday amid much fanfare, but is the Coalition’s flagship environmental policy fit for purpose? Will the initiative reduce carbon emissions in the UK? Do energy consumers even understand the scheme? Questions remain as government ministers voice their support for the policy, which was designed to help people “stay warm for […]

YouGov poll reveals 81% of energy consumers unaware of Green Deal

A YouGov poll of more than 5,000 energy consumers in the UK has revealed a startling fact: proportionally few people have heard of the Green Deal, which is scheduled to launch on Monday. Described by Greg Barker, the Minister of State for Energy and Climate Change, as the “most ambitious home improvement programme since the […]

Housing industry calls for return of conservatory tax

Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne has been encouraged to restore a tax on large-scale home improvements that was dropped in December. The so-called conservatory tax was established to compel homeowners to ensure that major home improvements, such as building an extension or conservatory, met minimum green standards. The Coalition had hoped that the tax […]

Renewable energy global investment shrank in 2012

Data published by Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF) shows that global investment in renewable sources of energy contracted in 2012. The figures suggest that governments around the world may have restricted green budgets, perhaps in response to worsening economic conditions. Last year, clean-energy investment fell by 11 per cent from the previous year, but 2012 […]

Concern over solar PV dodgy sales tactics

The Office of Fair Trading (OFT) has noted its concern over sales techniques employed by some domestic installers of solar photovoltaic panels, cavity wall insulation and other green products. The OFT believes some installers are pestering vulnerable members of society to purchase green products. Exaggerating the benefits of such products, unscrupulous installers have been accused […]

23,000 Welsh homes have solar PV DECC survey reveals

Data published by the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) suggest that some parts of Wales have embraced solar PV technology more readily than others. DECC calculates that more than 23,000 homes in Wales now benefit from solar photovoltaic panels, which are typically installed on rooftops to generate energy via sunlight. Converted into electricity […]

Home assessment fees putting people off Green Deal

A survey published by the Guardian has revealed that upfront assessment fees may discourage homeowners from ordering work designed to improve domestic energy efficiency under the Green Deal. The Guardian attempted to source quotes for cavity wall insulation, loft insulation and other green jobs from the 24 firms listed by government as domestic assessors. The news […]

Government blamed for insulation sector job cuts

The Coalition has been accused of causing unemployment in the insulation sector. The Insulation Industry Forum (IIF) blamed the government for disappointing figures published last week. According to the IIF, government policy has contributed to the loss of 816 jobs ahead of the launch of the Green Deal, which comes into effect on the 28th […]

E.ON first of Big Six to hit energy efficiency targets

One of the UK’s biggest energy providers E.ON looks set to be the first of the Big Six to have met all of its energy efficiency targets set by the Government and ahead of schedule too. The energy company is just waiting for official confirmation from energy regulator Ofgem.  As part of set Government targets […]