The Green Deal

The Green Deal is a new Government plan launching this October, and will allow all households and businesses to improve the energy efficiency of their properties, and generate lower energy bills.

Put simply, improvements made to homes and business properties that reduce energy bills can be paid for under the scheme. The golden rule to qualify for the funding is the energy savings created need to be less than the costs involved in making the improvements. Insulation, energy efficient lighting and renewable energy such as Solar could all qualify for funding, making energy efficiency no longer restricted to those that can afford low energy home improvements.

EnergyMyWay Berkshire attended a road show run by the Department Of Energy and Climate Change last Friday, where the scheme was heralded as ?the biggest home improvement scheme for 50yrs?.

The introduction of  Green Deal will pave the way for millions of homeowners to improve their quality of life by introducing efficient energy solutions into their homes.

The roadshow attracted many people from a variety of sectors, and was one of 12 events being run by the DECC as an initial roll out briefing for the supply chain.

EnergyMyWay Berkshire directly engaged with backers, manufacturers, distributors, local authorities and social housing providers to further discuss the merits of the scheme and how we can all work together to make Green Deal a success.

In addition to the roadshow I was also invited to attend the ‘All Party Parliamentary Group’ specifically set up to review Green Deal policy and provisions.  The result of this sees  EnergyMyWay Berkshire listed as an associate to represent the industry in reviewing the scheme so it’s fine tuned in readiness for launch. The next group meeting will be held in September and a further meeting just before launch at the end of October.

The meeting was attended by MPs from the 3 main parties as well as representatives from DECC and British Gas. The meeting allowed industry providers to question measures within the scheme generating actions for improving the scheme. I was able to put the point across that the scheme needed to make provisions for energy savings to be realised before service charges are applied to repay the Green Deal finance.


James Eades

By: James Eades

Operations Director, James Eades is EnergyMyWay's in-house expert on renewable energy policy, microgeneration technologies and best practice in the renewable energy industry.