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Greg Barker sets out Green Deal and RHI plans

Energy and climate change minister Greg Barker has outlined the government’s plans to further develop the Green Deal and Renewable Heat Incentive in 2014 at the Worcester, Bosch Group’s evening reception at the House of Lords.

Held on 30 October, the reception was hosted by Lord Faulkner of Worcester and attended by over 100 installers from around the UK.

Mr Barker asserted the government’s enthusiasm for the Green Deal: “Now the Green Deal proposition is out there we will continue to iterate the policy, making amends and adjustments where necessary but never deviating or back-tracking on what the policy was primarily set out to do.”

He said that more than 80 per cent of those who have had the Green Deal assessment have reported they have either installed or intend to act on the Green Deal approved measures, showing interest is present amongst consumers.

High Efficiency Heating UK installer Andy Baxter expressed his concern that the Green Deal only appears to be accessible via the ‘Big Six’ energy providers at the moment.

The minister explained that installers’ opinions are heard and taken into consideration when policies are first created.  

Worcester, Bosch Group head of external and governmental affairs Neil Schofield said: “While there may be some scepticism surrounding initiatives like the Green Deal, these policies have undoubtedly helped bring renewed focus to the heating industry and ensure the issue of improving the way we heat our homes remains at the top of the political agenda.”

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