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Ed Davey announces consultation on changes to ECO

Energy Secretary Edward Davey announced the consultation on changes to the Energy Company Obligation.

Ed Davey stated “… our ambition for [the] new policy framework – our target – remains the same as [when ECO was initially launched in 2013]. To have at least one million homes upgraded under ECO and the Green Deal by the end of the next financial year.”

The consultation process will run until 16 April 2014.

According to Sustainable Homes, the proposals still fall substantially short of addressing leaky solid wall homes and they will be reiterating these concerns in a response to this consultation.

Some of the proposed changes listed in the document include:

Extending the ECO scheme to March 2017 with new targets imposed for CERO, CSCO and Affordable Warmth at a pro rata of the March 2015 levels.

To require the delivery of a minimum level of solid wall insulation to be delivered by the end of March 2017 across all companies and both carbon elements of ECO.

Reducing the March 2015 Carbon Emissions Reduction Obligation (CERO) target by 33%, while the Carbon Saving Community Obligation (CSCO) and Affordable Warmth (also known as the Home Heating Cost Reduction Obligation (HHCRO) remain the same.

Enabling the obligated energy suppliers to carry forward a certain proportion of over delivery against their March 2015 targets to count towards their March 2017 targets.

To allow District Heating connections made from 1 April 2014 to be included as a primary measure under CERO.

Improving the transparency and availability of cost information relating to delivery of the ECO scheme.

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