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25.07.13

DECC opens £20m fund for Green Deal

The Green Deal receives another boost today, as DECC has announced £20m to help local authorities take a street-by-street approach to promoting the scheme.

The funding will help councils to target the areas that could benefit most from energy efficient improvements. Bids will be judged on creativity, sustainability, credibility and the total value of plans to be delivered. The fund will be open to bids until the end of 2013.

A Green Deal Provider Forum has also been established, chaired by Ian Cheshire, to support uptake of the Green Deal.

Energy and climate change minister Greg Barker said: “If we are going to deliver the Green Deal at real scale then we need a ‘street-by-street’ vision and a ‘street-by-street’ plan. It starts here! However, local authorities really know their areas best. They know which streets and properties could most benefit from a Green Deal to improve their energy efficiency, and what local people need to provide them with a greater choice.

“The Coalition is committed to helping hard pressed consumers and this £20m funding will help more families benefit from the Green Deal, making homes warmer and more efficient, and protecting consumers against rising energy bills.”

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Peter   30/07/2013 at 08:42

As someone who has worked in energy efficiency for many years and mostly with local authorities, the 'incentives' that DECC are offering will not change the fact that Green Deal loans are a long-term burden on a property, at interest rates that do not reflect the current 'real world' markets. When residents come sell their properties, it cannot be assumed that the new purchasers will automatically accept the Green Deal charge, especially if they have their own views on energy-efficiency.

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