Green levies – where does the money go?

By: Rachael Doyle   •   January 27, 2015

The falling price of oil and gas hasn’t escaped the attention of politicians and householders who are demanding that the “big six” energy firms pass on savings to customers.

E.ON, British Gas, Scottish Power and npower cut their tariffs by between £24 and £35 in the two weeks after the Treasury began investigating energy firms’ prices.

Yet recent intense political pressure is targeted at a portion of overall energy bills – the 47pc that makes up wholesale costs.

A sizeable chunk, 9pc or £112 over the course of a year, goes toward government backed green levies. Government figures show that
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GDHIF re-opens 10th Dec ’14 – £24m for EWI

By: Rachael Doyle   •   December 7, 2014

DECC has announced that the Green Deal Home Improvement Fund (GDHIF) will re-open for applications on Wednesday 10 December at 9:00am. Full details of phase 2 of the scheme, can be found at: http://bit.ly/1zEEpNV

Key Points for System Manufacturers / Installers:

There will be £30 million available until February 2015 with up to £24 million for SWI and up to £6 million for two other measures. The funding for SWI will be up to a maximum of £4,000 with a contribution of 33% required from the homeowner. There is still funding of £500 available for home buyers applying within
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British Gas Fined For CERT & CESP Failings

By: Rachael Doyle   •   December 4, 2014

British Gas Penalised £11 Million

Ofgem have announced that the country’s biggest household provider, British Gas, is to pay £11.1 million for failing to meet key targets. The announcement comes just a week after power generators  Drax and InterGen were stripped of a record £39m sum for similar failures.

The watchdog said the latest penalty would benefit vulnerable customers after its investigation found British Gas missed its environmental obligations under the Community Energy Saving Programme (CESP) and Carbon Emissions Reduction Target (CERT).

Under CESP, energy suppliers and generators were required to deliver energy saving measures to households by the end of December 2012.

Ofgem
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GDHIF – Changes to Application & T&C’s

By: Rachael Doyle   •   December 1, 2014

The Insulated Render & Cladding Association have announced today that DECC has recently published updated Terms and Conditions for GDHIF Phase 2 which will reopen for applications shortly after additional funding of up to £100 million was announced earlier this year.

See: http://gemserv-news.com/150D-30EQ6-53G7EK8O9A/cr.aspx

Funding rates and other scheme details will be confirmed by DECC in due course prior to the scheme reopening.

An important change comes to the application process for householders, who will now need to provide the following to complete an application:

Green Deal Advice Report or an Energy Performance Certificate which is less
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Labour release green paper on energy efficiency intentions

By: Rachael Doyle   •   November 10, 2014

Labour have today published a Green Paper, setting out what the party intends to do with the Energy Efficiency Policy if it gets into Government. The contents of the paper are very much in line with the comments made by Shadow Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, Caroline Flint MP at the Labour Party Conference in Manchester in September. The 6 key actions identified are:

 

To provide 0.5 million personalised home energy reports a year, detailing how households could save money on their energy bills through insulation and energy efficiency. Free energy efficient improvements for
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Wetherby solutions used to highlight benefits of EWI to DECC

By: Rachael Doyle   •   November 3, 2014

Working in conjunction with the National Insulation Association (NIA), Wetherby has teamed up with approved contractors Hamilton (Building Contractors) Ltd. to highlight to the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) the challenges that face occupants of some of the UK’s poorest housing stock and the external wall insulation (EWI) solutions available to them.

Last week, a team of officials from DECC visited the Holmewood Estate in Bradford to see first hand an estate currently undergoing a major refurbishment to thermally upgrade properties with the installation of solid wall installation. During the three hour visit the members of DECC’s Household
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Winter Working Practices

By: Rachael Doyle   •   October 22, 2014

Technical Manager Joe Ragdale offers valuable advice on the storage and application of Wetherby’s products & systems.

The wet and cold weather conditions we’re likely to sustain throughout the winter months can create many problems for rendering. Products and systems must be applied in the correct conditions and protected adequately to prevent system failures during this difficult period. I would like to make you aware of the best working practices during these months to reduce the risk of wash offs and product failures.

 

STORAGE

Firstly it is imperative that all WBS products are carefully stored and protected from frost.
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GDHIF Update from the NIA

By: Rachael Doyle   •   October 17, 2014

By Neil Marshall – Chief Executive – National Insulation Association

 

As previously advised, the Government recently announced an additional £100m of funding for the Green Deal Home Improvement Fund in England and Wales, Green Homes Cashback in Scotland. Since then we have been in detailed discussions with Government officials about the design of the new scheme with a view to addressing issues that occurred with the original scheme when £120m ran out in just 6 weeks.

Please fund below an update:

The £100m is new, additional funding to be spent between the end of November 2014 and
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Energy Secretary set to announce £100m boost to Green Deal

By: Rachael Doyle   •   October 7, 2014

Energy secretary to announce fresh £100m to reopen Green Deal cash-back incentive scheme

Ed Davey is set to announce a £100m boost to the Green Deal in a bid to drive take up of the struggling energy efficiency programme.

The energy secretary is expected to announce the boost at the Liberal Democrat conference in Glasgow today, with the cash to be used to reopen the cash-back incentive scheme that was closed in July after the first £120m tranche of funding was used up.

Davey is expected to announce the fresh round up funding for the Green Deal Home
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Wetherby shortlisted again – This time for TWO awards!

By: Rachael Doyle   •   September 23, 2014

Wetherby are proud to announce that they have been selected as finalists for not one but TWO categories in the 2014 Energy Awards. Now in its 4th year, these awards aim to reward the achievements of companies who are helping to cut carbon emissions and leading the way in innovative energy use.

Wetherby’s Cadbury Heath project in Bristol was the first to be shortlisted for the Energy Efficient Project of the Year award. This exemplar project has demonstrated true value to the partnership, the residents and the community as a whole. The scheme has improved the energy efficiency of
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