Energy Company Obligation: Help to Heat – open consultation

DECC has released details of the new home energy efficiency policy to supersede the Energy Company Obligation (ECO), which is due to finish at the end of March 2017.

‘Help to Heat’ will initially run for a one year period from April 2017 – March 2018, and will act as a transition towards a longer term scheme from 2018-2022. DECC plan to introduce a series of reforms to both better target the scheme and make it simpler and more cost-effective to deliver. As announced in the Government’s Spending Review 2015, the overall spend will reduce from £870 million to £640 million per year – lowering energy bills for all households – yet the element focused on fuel poverty will increase from £310 million to £450 million. DECC has stated that its proposals will result in over 1 million warmer homes over the course of this Parliament; a significantly lower delivery rate than the previous Parliament.

DECC is now seeking views on proposed changes to ECO for 2017-18 and aspects of the high level design for a longer term supplier obligation (2018-22). The consultation closes on 17 August 2016.

Published on 14-07-2016
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