Oh dear! The green deal hasn’t got off to a very auspicious start…
As reported in the Telegraph today since it was launched nearly a year ago just 12 homes have taken advantage of the Green Deal with a few hundred more in the pipeline.
71,210 households had been assessed for Green Deal measures such as solar panels and insulation at the end of August … But only 677 households have gone to the next stage and said they would like to proceed with the scheme. Of these, 12 houses have had measures installed, while 293 properties had quotes accepted on work and 372 properties had installations “pending”.
It was always easy to predict that it may well have been so.
The Green deal launched in the UK on Monday of this week. Fanfares? fireworks? a deluge of marketing? … read more …
The Green deal launched in the UK on Monday of this week.
Fanfares? fireworks? a deluge of marketing? … Not as far as I saw, instead a more ‘low key’ launch.
Apparently, environment minister Greg Baker wasn’t even in the country, instead he’s been off on a jolly in Tanzania. Only British Gas and the Mark Group are ready to provide solutions and no finance is available under the scheme until January 28th 2013. But it’s OK, surveys can be booked now!
So the softest of soft launches, but it’s alright, it’s not like this is about anything important….
Climate Change Minister Greg Barker had plenty to say about the Green Deal in his speech at the Ecobuild conference in London yesterday.
Climate Change Minister Greg Barker had plenty to say about the Green Deal in his speech at the Ecobuild conference in London yesterday. The full text of the speech is available on the The Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) website.
My summary is:
No mention of delays in launching the Green Deal, although DECC officials have recently been speaking of a phased launch or a slow start to the scheme.
Looks like recent negative speculation over the Green Deal may be well-founded. We now learn that Climate Change Minister Greg Barker has confirmed that the secondary legislation for the Green Deal will be delayed.
The secondary legislation (the instrument through which the government is able to make changes to the law without having to pass a new Act of Parliament) was originally due in “early 2012” now it should be expected by the “summer recess” at the end of July – just two months before the 1st of October launch date of the Green Deal.
No explanation for the delay has been forthcoming.
Let’s hope that there is a chance that the Green Deal can still provide a cost effective, attractive solution to financing the environment enhancements that our housing stock is in need of. It looks like the politicians and big business are taking a bumpy route to getting there.
It looks like the politicians and energy companies are starting to pull at the seams of the Green Deal. The energy companies have delayed implementation of the funding framework that will underpin the Green Deal with its core concept of funding environmentally beneficial home improvements through energy bills. The Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) are remaining silent in the face of calls to make correspondence about this issue a matter of public record – in response to Shadow Climate Change Minister Luciana Berger’s request Energy Minister Gregory Barker, commented that “we believe that release of this information would prejudice commercial interests“. It is thought that the energy companies are reticent about the scheme in its current form as they have to make extensive changes to their billing systems to handle Green Deal payments AND shoulder most of the risk of non-payment.
There are fears that improvements made through the Green Deal will end up costing homeowners more than equivalent improvements made without the Deal. This is due to the fees payable through the Deal and the commercial rates of interest charged on the loans upon which the Deal is built. Green Deal improvements will be paid for by loans that will then be paid off through energy bills.
Energy Minister Gregory Barker has rebuffed opponents, stating via Twitter that “…Energy Co’s obliged to start collecting #GreenDeal payments from Oct. Its the law!”
Oh and in an update to yesterdays post, the planned launch date is the 1st of October 2012.