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Supporting domestic energy efficiency action in the private rented sector

The private rented sector in England & Wales, accounts for around 4.2 million homes, but it has never been properly targeted or incentivised for energy efficiency. Action to improve the energy efficiency of private rented properties is badly needed, because: One in five households in the English private rented sector is fuel poor – almost […]

Changes to the Green Deal Cashback Scheme

DECC recently announced several changes to the existing Green Deal Cashback Scheme (operating in England and Wales) which rewards consumers for taking action to improve the energy efficiency of their homes through the Green Deal. These changes were the result of feedback we’ve had from industry and consumers on how the scheme could be made […]

Community Energy: The ‘democratisation of energy’

With the launch of the UK’s first Community Energy Strategy, a ray of light has opened in a doorway to what could have a radical impact in the way we generate and use energy. Not only does it hold out the prospect of a far greater level of local, community engagement in sustainable energy generation […]

Setting a good example? Why we decided to test the energy efficiency of Britain’s biggest soap homes.

Last week I found myself on Sky News talking about the energy efficiency of some of the most famous properties in the country. However, these were no normal buildings – they were the houses, flats and cottages inhabited by the fictional residents of EastEnders, Coronation Street, Hollyoaks and Emmerdale. It all started when we decided […]

The Community Energy Strategy; opportunities and challenges

So here we are, the first ever Community Energy Strategy! It’s been nearly two years in gestation, moving between teams within DECC, gathering momentum and political support. Is it worth the wait? I’ll certainly be welcoming it. For the first time we have community energy being recognised in a substantive way with an appropriate focus on […]

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