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ECO low-carbon contracts rocket

The latest statistics from the Department of Energy and Climate Change have revealed that £68.9m-worth of contracts had been let through the Energy Company Obligation brokerage system, compared with £26.9m at the end of February.

The numbers of accredited Green Deal assessor organisations and individual advisers has also been growing sharply since December as individual assessors complete their training and are accredited.

At the end of March there were 108 organisations employing a total of 1,003 advisors, compared with 13 and 40 respectively at the end of October 2012.

The number of Green Deal providers has grown to 48 from eight at the end of October 2012.

The number of accredited Installer organisations has grown steadily since the accreditation process opened from 231 accredited at the end of October 2012 to 831 organisations accredited at the end of March 2013.

The ECO started on 1 January 2013 will run until 31 March 2015. It focuses on providing energy efficiency measures to low income and vulnerable consumers and those living in ‘hard-to-treat’ properties by funding energy efficiency improvements through supplier obligations worth around £1.3 billion every year.

There are three elements to ECO – The Carbon Saving Obligation; Carbon Saving Communities and Affordable Warmth. The ECO Carbon Saving Obligation is worth around £760m per year.

The Carbon Saving Community Obligation and ECO Affordable Warmth will provide support worth around £540m per year to low-income households.

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