Green deal: just 133 households have signed up for energy efficiency scheme

August 21, 2013 by  
Filed under Green Energy News

The UK has completed its first Green Deal package, marking a milestone for the government’s flagship energy efficiency policy.

Government statistics released today also revealed 133 households had signed up to the Green Deal by the end of July and 286 homes are poised to embark on a Green Deal plan after obtaining a quote.

The figures showed that one Green Deal Plan went live in July, with energy efficiency measures installed in the property and loan repayment information attached to the household’s energy bill.

In another encouraging sign, the number of assessments undertaken rose to 58,124 by the end of July up from 44,479 at the end of June.

The figures are likely to be welcomed by the energy efficiency industry, as a sign that the Green Deal is now beginning to get off the ground following a slow start blamed on software and legal issues. The finance packages for homes and businesses seeking to fit approved energy efficiency have only been available since May, despite the scheme officially launching in January.

Separate figures released last week revealed that the government has so far spent more than £16m on rolling out and marketing the Green Deal. However, there businesses remain concerned that the Green Deal will fail to deliver the required carbon cuts to meet UK’s emissions reduction targets.

The UK Green Building Council has repeatedly called on the government to provide further incentives for the Green Deal, such as tying energy efficiency improvements to stamp duty or council tax breaks, or extending the existing £125m scheme that provides cashback for early adopters of the Green Deal.

Today’s figures also showed that the government had now paid out more than 4,250 cashback vouchers with a value of nearly £1.2m, most of which covered the cost of boiler replacements. DECC said a further 3,205 vouchers had been issued by the end of the month but not yet paid.

Commenting on the figures, Climate Change Minister Greg Barker, said he expected uptake to continue over the coming months.

“This ambitious long-term programme is still in its initial months, but over 58,000 Green Deal assessments shows genuine consumer interest and we expect continued steady growth as we go into the winter,” he said.

“Already, over 130,000 homes will be cosier this winter after getting energy efficiency measures installed under ECO.”

But Luciana Berger, Shadow Minister for Climate Change, said the scheme was struggling to get off the ground, highlighting that only one per cent of households who had a Green Deal assessment opted to take out a Green Deal plan. 
“Just one Green Deal plan has gone live and only 132 people have signed on the dotted line for a package so far,” she said. “The fact that over 99 per cent of people who had a Green Deal assessment didn’t want to take out a package should be a wake-up call for the Government.

“It is not good enough for Ministers to shrug their shoulders and dismiss this as a slow start – not when thousands of workers in the insulation industry have lost their jobs.”

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