Government Pull The Plug On Green Deal

Despite an ambitious commitment to the Green Deal, the Government has pulled the plug on funding after a disappointing 10,000 homes signed up to the energy household efficiency programme.

In addition, the Government has revealed that it has launched an investigation into supposed scams that have exploited the Green Deal scheme.

The Green Deal was launched in 2013 and was backed by the then coalition Government as it aimed to improve energy efficiency and urged increased usage of Energy Performance Certificates.

Subsequently, the Government has described the scheme as a “total flop”, and has said it would no longer provide funds to the Green Deal Finance Company. It had provided £59 million to the company.

The aim of the Green Deal was to give households money back for their home energy efficiency improvements. A recent study in a low income area in Michigan found that there are huge benefits to energy efficient investments.

“We are on the side of hardworking families and businesses – which is why we cannot continue to fund the Green Deal,” said Amber Rudd, Energy Secretary.

“It’s now time for the building industry and consumer groups to work with us to make new policy and build a system that works.”

“Together we can achieve this Government’s ambition to make homes warmer and drive down bills for 1 million more homes by 2020 – and to do so at the best value for money for taxpayers.”

The Government has been urged to reform their energy efficiency push by consumer watchdog Which?. It remains to be seen what the Government’s position is.

 

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