Energy Efficiency

Efforts To Revive UK EE Policy Fail to Address Critics’ Concerns

Green deal: what next for government’s energy efficiency scheme?

The Guardian, July 11, 2014

It was an energy policy hailed by the government as the “biggest home improvement programme since the second world war”, one that would cut energy bills for 14m homeowners. But only 18 months after it was introduced, the highly vaunted green deal has been branded a “complete flop” amid criticism that forced ministers to announce the troubled scheme had been reorganised.

Introduced in January 2013, the green deal lends money to householders to help them improve the energy efficiency of their homes through insulation, boiler upgrades and double glazing. Residents save money in the long term from cheaper bills, and pay back the loan through their savings. Government figures indicate there are just 2,439 green deal plans in place or pending – falling miserably short of the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) target of 10,000 by the end of 2013.

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