Clean energy market hots up as UK launches world first Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI)

The domestic Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) is the world’s first long-term financial support programme for renewable heat, and it was launched in the UK domestic housing market last week. The RHI scheme offers homeowners payments to offset the cost of … Continue reading

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Green Deal reform to boost uptake, industry expert report reveals

An industry leader survey released in March reveals “six-point” plan to give a Spring boost flagship housing energy efficiency scheme the Green Deal. The Green Deal is the Government’s flagship energy efficiency scheme driving a nationwide retrofit programme, to help … Continue reading

Posted by GDC on April 3rd, 2014
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Record high for Green Deal Assessments logged

Boost in Green Deal Assessment’s and Energy Company Obligation (ECO) activity means Government is set to meet targets for reducing heat loss in UK homes. “The Government is halfway to achieving a million warmer, more energy efficient homes by April … Continue reading

Posted by GDC on April 2nd, 2014
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The Green Deal and “green” quantitative easing

Whilst the Green Deal, offering pay-as-you-save lending and expert advice to households making vital energy efficiency improvements, is offering its own ‘green easing’ to housings, the Bank of England could be set to invest in low carbon infrastructure too. Mark … Continue reading

Posted by GDC on March 31st, 2014
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Commitment to decarbonisation, confirms 2014 budget

Government remains committed to overall decarbonisation plan, reveals the Chancellor in the 2014 budget speech. A major tool in the Government’s low-energy arsenal is the Green Deal scheme, which gives UK households advice and financial support for vitally needed energy … Continue reading

Posted by GDC on March 25th, 2014
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Energy efficiency and power to the people

Change in energy use and behaviour is vital for low carbon future, Ed Davey tells London School of Economics (LSE) students. Speaking at the LSE ‘Energy Society’ this month, Davey told students it is “people” that can make a difference. … Continue reading

Posted by GDC on March 24th, 2014
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Untapped potential of energy efficiency

Tapping into the potential of energy efficiency savings possible over the next decade in the UK is equivalent to output of 22 new power stations, Energy Secretary Ed Davey tells students at leading LSE ‘Energy Society’ conference. “We estimate we … Continue reading

Posted by GDC on March 17th, 2014
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QR codes to help customers get ‘best energy bill deals’

Energy Companies, including those that are Green Deal certified, will have to include Quick Response (QR) codes on customer energy bills, Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change Ed Davey announced this week. The QR codes to be introduced … Continue reading

Posted by GDC on March 14th, 2014
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1m homes to be insulated under Green Deal and ECO, says Government

Government still on target – one million homes insulated and bills to be slashed under housing energy efficiency retrofit programmes, the Green Deal and Energy Company Obligation (ECO), by April 2014, confirmed Ed Davey this week. Speaking at the 2014 … Continue reading

Posted by GDC on March 7th, 2014
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6 Local Authorities bag £20m Green Deal Community funding

The first successful local authority bids for Green Deal Communities £80 million funding pot were announced this week by Energy Minister Greg Barker. Of the applications, six local authorities have been successful so far in bagging £19.5 million in funding … Continue reading

Posted by GDC on March 7th, 2014
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Badly insulated homes costing families £653, lobby group claims

Badly insulated homes costing families £653, lobby group claims Badly insulated homes are costing families £653 a year, according to Energy Bill Revolution. Campaign for “Warm Homes & Lower Bills”, the Energy Bill Revolution, has the support of over 244 … Continue reading

Posted by GDC on March 6th, 2014
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Green Deal protection from climate change?

Yes, or no  – improving energy efficiency and working towards a low carbon future will help protect us from an erratic and threatening climate? The debate is in full swing as the UK tackles yet another extreme weather phenomenon – … Continue reading

Posted by GDC on March 5th, 2014
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£10m Energy Entrepreneur Fund for SMEs

SMEs to benefit from £10m of funding for new generation of energy efficiency entrepreneurs. Announced in January, the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) funding is the last tranche from the ‘Energy Entrepreneurs’ pot which has provided total of … Continue reading

Posted by GDC on March 4th, 2014
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Cat flaps and candle flames – the in’s and outs of a Green Deal Assessment

Cat flaps and candle flames – the in’s and outs of a Green Deal Assessment Guardian environmental journalist is surprised by the “easy wins” a Green Deal home Assessment throws up. For the Environment blog this week, Editor Adam Vaughan … Continue reading

Posted by GDC on February 28th, 2014
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Happy, happy, happy Green Deal

Yes, Pharrell Williams, you are not the only one who is “happy”, following the release of latest Green Deal figures the UK energy industry are happy also. For the first time we are seeing totals for the number of Green … Continue reading

Posted by GDC on February 27th, 2014
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Households to get automatic refunds from four of big six energy companies

Households to get automatic refunds from four of big six energy companies An auto refund policy confirmed by four of the big six energy companies will give customers paying by direct debit more control over their energy bills, says the … Continue reading

Posted by GDC on February 24th, 2014
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Changes to government’s Green Deal cash-back scheme announced this week

The Green Deal is the Government’s flagship housing energy efficiency programme designed to help more households drive down fuel bills and reduce carbon emissions by carrying out energy efficiency improvements. Under the Green Deal households can have a bespoke property … Continue reading

Posted by GDC on February 24th, 2014
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Save up to £490 with replacement boiler, new Energy Saving Trust figures reveal

A new energy efficient boiler will save more money than initially thought, the Energy Saving Trust (EST) has revealed. Updated figures from the Government-backed organization the EST reveals that they had underestimated the level of savings that will be made … Continue reading

Posted by GDC on February 21st, 2014
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Can Winter Olympics take up the Green Deal challenge?

As the biggest and most expensive Winter Olympics, estimated to have cost $50bn, low carbon and energy efficiency industries here in the UK, such as Green Deal Providers, are asking about how many ‘green’ medals the Sochi games will win. … Continue reading

Posted by GDC on February 18th, 2014
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UK Green Deal Investment Bank gets an ally in NY Green Bank launch

Green Bank New York officially launched last week, announced Governor Andrew Cuomo. “The NY Green Bank will be the catalyst for significantly accelerating the flow of private capital to energy efficiency and renewable energy projects and will send a message … Continue reading

Posted by GDC on February 18th, 2014
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Green light for switch to energy efficient street lighting

The UK Green Investment Bank (GIB), who helped fund the Green Deal, has launched a new loan to finance the UK’s switch to low energy streetlighting. The low-cost loan will help local authorities switch old streetlamps for more efficient ones. … Continue reading

Posted by GDC on February 18th, 2014
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US launch own version of Green Deal Finance

The Green Deal is UK Government’s answer to soaring energy bills and poorly insulated homes. And like the Green Deal, the US state of Conneticut have launched a financial loan which allows customers to pay for the installation of solar … Continue reading

Posted by GDC on February 11th, 2014
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Dramatic appearance for the Green Deal

It featured at the end of January, but we’ve got to post this picture of a one of the impressive Green Deal poster’s featured here on BBC drama Eastenders. This is a nice start to the “substantial” government led Green … Continue reading

Posted by GDC on February 11th, 2014
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“Pound for pound” better off under the Green Deal, says Energy Minister

“Pound for pound, the person installing the measures and applying for the finance, and their successors in that property, should be better off,” said the Energy Minister Greg Barker in his speech this week on the proposed amendment of the … Continue reading

Posted by GDC on February 11th, 2014
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EU parliament calls for 40 percent energy efficiency cut

A 40 percent improvement in energy efficiency is one of three binding targets MEPs voted decisively on in Parliament on Wednesday, this week. The vote also included a 40 percent cut in greenhouse gases, compared with 1990 levels and at … Continue reading

Posted by GDC on February 7th, 2014
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Barker calls for more “momentum” in Green Deal

“There are good signals of growth but now we really need to inject more momentum,” said the Energy Minister Greg Barker, at the UK Green Building Council conference ‘Green Deal 2.0′ held on 21 January. “And to do that, there … Continue reading

Posted by GDC on February 7th, 2014
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87% Green Deal satisfaction rate, Government research reveals

Research figures released mid January this year reveals 87 percent of Green Deal customers are satisfied with the quality of measures installed. The study, by the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) also shows that 81 percent of households … Continue reading

Posted by GDC on February 4th, 2014
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“Terrific” Green Deal growth from SMEs, says UK Energy Minister

Speaking at the UK Green Building Council conference ‘Green Deal 2.0′ held on 21 January, Climate Change Minister Greg Barker told industry experts the Green Deal has had “terrific growth from SMEs.” Barker said the conference, which was held almost … Continue reading

Posted by GDC on February 3rd, 2014
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2014 is year of energy efficiency says industry body

“2014 is the perfect year to expand into the renewables and energy efficiency market,” according to the National Association of Professional Inspectors and Testers (NAPIT). Managing Director of NAPIT Certification, David Cowburn, said: “So much positivity is evident in these … Continue reading

Posted by GDC on February 3rd, 2014
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Green Deal Providers have been busy, latest Government figures reveal

Green Deal Providers, Assessors, Advisors and Installers have been working hard, latest Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) figures reveal. The Latest green deal statistics, up to and including December, were release on 21st January 2014, showing the total … Continue reading

Posted by GDC on January 29th, 2014
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39% of Green Deal plans completed and “live”

Whilst the total figure for Green Deal Assessments fell from November into the Christmas month, the percentage of completed or “live” Green Deal Plans rose, latest government figures reveals. Of the total 1,612 Green Deal Plans in the system at … Continue reading

Posted by GDC on January 27th, 2014
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Google energy market venture and the web of Green Deals

Global giant Google are set to move into managing energy efficiency in the home with their latest purchase of innovative home thermostat company Nest Labs for a hefty $3.2 billion. “A very large percentage of the cost of energy of a home goes through … Continue reading

Posted by GDC on January 27th, 2014
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2014 and Green Deal Providers

Green Deal Providers are working with the Government to help people wondering, how can I reduce my energy bill? A national Green Deal company, like Green Deal Central, which operates in all local areas in the UK, can provide finance, … Continue reading

Posted by GDC on January 23rd, 2014
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Little or no energy bills for new ECO office buildings in Lincolnshire

Energy customers are being warned to expect future price rises as the UK becomes increasingly reliant on gas imports. And this is why the Government have launched their flagship housing energy efficiency scheme, the Green Deal, with households spending a … Continue reading

Posted by GDC on January 20th, 2014
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Energy Efficiency and the 2014 Consumer Electronics Show

The “connected home” or “smart home” featured prominently at the much-talked-about International 2014 Consumer Electronics Show, held at Las Vegas this month. And moreover, there were more “smart home” products, such as smart thermostats, targeted at the every-day home and … Continue reading

Posted by GDC on January 17th, 2014
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Clean, preen and get Green !

Yes, it’s a New Year and time to make those home improvements we’ve been putting off. And whilst we are looking at sprucing up tired bathrooms and walls, heating systems, windows and doors need some New Year TLC also. Energy … Continue reading

Posted by GDC on January 16th, 2014
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The global rise of energy efficiency

Energy efficiency is the most attractive clean technology sector of 2013, with £790m invested by venture capitalists, according to latest industry research. The figures, released this month by market intelligence firm Cleantech Group, show energy efficiency is 20 percent of … Continue reading

Posted by GDC on January 14th, 2014
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Local authority turns off lights to fight rising energy bills

It is not just homes and businesses that are feeling the pinch of rising energy prices, but Lincolnshire County Council are being forced to turn off street lights to save energy bills, the BBC reports this week. Electricity costs for … Continue reading

Posted by GDC on January 13th, 2014
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The Green Deal and intelligent energy

The Green Deal is the UK Government’s flagship housing energy efficiency programme, driving a housing retrofit revolution to improve the Nation’s aging and leaky building stock. It is being delivered through Government authorized and regulated Green Deal providers, such as … Continue reading

Posted by GDC on January 9th, 2014
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ECO extension will give industry extra certainty, says Government.

The Government energy efficiency scheme, the Energy Company Obligation (ECO), targeted at helping people living in fuel poverty, works alongside the Green Deal to help energy bill payers install energy efficiency measures to reduce fuel costs. The scheme was extended … Continue reading

Posted by GDC on January 8th, 2014
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A smooth journey for Green Deal customers, Government promises

The Government promises an “improvement in customer journey” for Green Deal customers in 2014, in response to falling insulation figures. The only way for households to cut energy costs permanently is by improving energy efficiency, writes the Guardian in the … Continue reading

Posted by GDC on January 8th, 2014
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Ignoring energy efficiency is “threat” to profitability, says industry report.

A report by the Westminster Sustainable Business Forum and Carbon Connect makes recommendations to the Government on how investment in commercial sector energy efficiency will “convert a threat to profitability into an opportunity for business.” “Now is the time to … Continue reading

Posted by GDC on January 7th, 2014
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Multi-occupancy flats, energy efficiency and the Green Deal

Low Energy Apartment Futures (LEAF) is an EU project looking at making it easier to improve the energy efficiency of buildings with multiple owners and occupiers and was launched last week in Scotland. The project, co-funded by the Intelligent Energy … Continue reading

Posted by GDC on January 7th, 2014
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Government “underestimated” attractiveness of Green Deal

Government “underestimated” attractiveness of Green Deal The Government say they have “underestimated the attractiveness” of the Green Deal, in response to the release of latest figures out this month. 117,000 Green Deal Assessments have been completed so far this year, … Continue reading

Posted by GDC on January 2nd, 2014
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2014 the year of the Green Deal

Happy New Year to all of our Green Deal customers and superb Green Deal suppliers! And if you are not yet benefitting from the Government’s flagship £1.3 billion a year housing energy efficiency programme, now’s the time to up-skill and … Continue reading

Posted by GDC on January 2nd, 2014
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Green Deal Assessments needed in rental sector, latest Government figures reveal

More than three quarters of Green Deal Assessments are carried out by homeowner occupiers, which is more than the UK rental/owner split, latest Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) figures reveal. With the larger majority of Green Deal Assessments … Continue reading

Posted by GDC on December 31st, 2013
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Christmas lights off, energy performance on!

As we return to work, it’s time to start thinking about taking Christmas decorations and lights down, turning the thermostat back to evening and weekend mode, and giving your energy bill a rest. And many are thinking now it is … Continue reading

Posted by GDC on December 30th, 2013
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What goes up must come down – roof insulation drives down energy bills

Green Deal Central take a closer look at how investing in roof insulation can significantly drive down energy bills. Taking measures to maximize roof insulation could make carbon savings the equivalent to that of taking nearly 100,000 cars off the … Continue reading

Posted by GDC on December 12th, 2013
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“Turning green into gold”

The case for a return to local and green electricity generation to challenge the “big six” is gaining momentum, in both Britain and Ireland,  reports the Guardian. “Turning green into gold” is the mantra of Kerry county council, in south-west … Continue reading

Posted by GDC on December 11th, 2013
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Increased support for renewable heat in Government quest for energy secure UK

This week, amid a flurry of positive announcements for building on the Green Deal and Energy Company Obligation (ECO) energy efficiency programmes, the Government has confirmed its commitment to the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) also. The RHI scheme, which has … Continue reading

Posted by GDC on December 9th, 2013
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Government announces homebuyers and private rental energy efficiency schemes worth £450 million.

Government announces homebuyers and private rental energy efficiency schemes worth £450 million. In a bid to boost energy efficiency in the UK housing sector even further, the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) has this week announced new homebuyers … Continue reading

Posted by GDC on December 9th, 2013
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Green Deal Communities funding rockets to £80 million

The UK Government this week announced the decision to increase funds from £20 million to £80 million for local authorities this year through the Green Deal Communities scheme.  The Green Deal Communities scheme was launched in July to help local … Continue reading

Posted by GDC on December 6th, 2013
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The thin Green line – Green Deal is to be “streamlined” announces Government

The thin Green line – Green Deal is to be “streamlined” announces Government The Green Deal, which is designed to make UK homes more energy efficient, will be “strengthened, streamlined and reformed,” announced the Department of Energy and Climate Change … Continue reading

Posted by GDC on December 4th, 2013
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“Overwhelming” response to Green Deal Community Programme,

“Overwhelming” response to Green Deal Community Programme, Talking on the infamous Jeremy Paxman for Newsnight on Wednesday, energy minister Greg Barker says Government “overwhelmed by really positive response” for £20m Green Deal Communities scheme, launched in July this year. The … Continue reading

Posted by GDC on December 3rd, 2013
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80,000 energy efficiency measures installed through the Green Deal

80,000 energy efficiency measures installed through the Green Deal, say’s energy minister It is clear that energy is becoming a crucial political battleground. And whilst the toing and froing between political parties over “to freeze or not to freeze” energy … Continue reading

Posted by GDC on December 3rd, 2013
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BMW take lead in green energy race

BMW have announced a new deal with renewable energy supplier to help reduce UK carbon footprint. Giant car manufacturer BMW have this week announced a deal with renewable energy supplier Good Energy, to offer i3 and i8 car owners a … Continue reading

Posted by GDC on November 28th, 2013
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Energy efficiency is the world’s “first fuel” say’s International Energy Agency

And energy security and cutting carbon emissions are also top priority to UK Government. In fact, David Cameron at the start of this year pledged that he want’s to be the “greenest Government yet”. “We are in a global race … Continue reading

Posted by GDC on November 26th, 2013
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20% increase in number of Green Deal Assessments, according to latest figures

The number of Green Deal assessments increased almost 20 percent between September and October, the latest Government figures show. This is a huge leap from the seven percent increase from August to September. 16,674 Green Deal assessments took place in … Continue reading

Posted by GDC on November 21st, 2013
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Record high for boiler sales at the end of Green Deal first year

The sale of new oil boilers is at the highest levels in over half a decade, as we come to the end of the Green Deal’s first year. The Green Deal is the Government’s pioneering housing energy efficiency retrofit scheme, … Continue reading

Posted by GDC on November 21st, 2013
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Winter chill could bring flurry of Green Deal’s

Households will notice a “significant” drop in temperatures this week as Winter arrives, forecasters warn. Temperatures are set to fall as low as minus 3 degrees overnight over the next fortnight as an Arctic wind brings Winter to many UK … Continue reading

Posted by GDC on November 20th, 2013
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Government stands by firm commitment to Green Deal

Energy and climate change minister Greg Barker has confirmed the Government’s commitment to the flagship housing energy efficiency scheme the Green Deal in a talk at the Worcester, Bosch Group’s evening reception. The talk, held at the House of Lords … Continue reading

Posted by GDC on November 18th, 2013
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Coming soon, free electric car power at all UK IKEA stores

More signs that Green power is hitting the mainstream high street with the unveiling of IKEA electric car power points. This week it was announced that the Swedish furniture retailer are to install electric car power points in all of … Continue reading

Posted by GDC on November 15th, 2013
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Circulator pumps are to be added to Green Deal programme

Following lobbying from the boiler pump industry, home owners can now upgrade their boiler pumps to super efficient modern circular pumps using Green Deal Finance. The circular pumps could provide a quick win for homeowners saving on average of between … Continue reading

Posted by GDC on November 14th, 2013
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Energy efficiency improvement to save over £60K a year at Addenbrookes Hospital

Addenbrookes Hospital have been given £58,618 to make energy efficiency improvements which will save up to £61,163 a year, the Government announced this week. The money will be spent removing and replacing insulation for boilers and pipes, to reduce wasted … Continue reading

Posted by GDC on November 12th, 2013
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Investing in renewable energy systems could be better return on money sat in the bank

Investing in renewable energy systems could be better return on money sat in the bank for SME’s Moving away from paying large bills for carbon fuel by investing in renewable electricity or gas generation systems for your business could not … Continue reading

Posted by GDC on November 11th, 2013
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Property guru Sarah Beeny warns of need to be “energy conscious”

Property guru Sarah Beeny warns of need to be “energy conscious in our everyday lives” Lighting is one of the biggest home power guzzlers, say’s lighting retailer LED Hut, following research launched as part of Beeny’s “Savvy Switch” light bulb … Continue reading

Posted by GDC on November 8th, 2013
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Solar is “particularly clever choice right now”, says industry expert

Commenting on the new solar industry campaign to more than double the number of homes using super energy efficient solar power, Paul Barwell CEO of the Solar Trade Association (STA) said solar is “a particularly clever choice right now because … Continue reading

Posted by GDC on November 7th, 2013
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Energy bills number one household worry, new research reveals

Compared with other household bills, energy bills are the number one concern singled out by 90 percent of households surveyed, research by uSwitch shows. Energy efficiency is a “key weapon” against recent energy bill price hikes, which are causing the … Continue reading

Posted by GDC on November 4th, 2013
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Building experts appeal for David Cameron not to scrap energy efficiency policy

Business leaders have written to David Cameron calling on him not to “scrap” energy efficiency policies, including the Energy Company Obligation (ECO), which helps low income and vulnerable households insulate homes against the cold. “Cutting back schemes designed to boost … Continue reading

Posted by GDC on October 31st, 2013
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Building industry standards need to improve

Association for the Conservation of Energy (ACE) says improvement of existing “quality standards” in building industry needed for success of Green Deal energy efficiency scheme. In a paper of “practical proposals” for improving the effectiveness of the Green Deal and … Continue reading

Posted by GDC on October 30th, 2013
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Britain at forefront of energy efficiency in EU climate goals

Britain is taking action and demanding tougher EU climate goals for 2030, to help protect households from rising energy prices, which were announced this month by three of the “Big Six” UK energy prices. It is expected the remaining three … Continue reading

Posted by GDC on October 30th, 2013
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Drive for energy efficiency creating new “smart” market

“Smart Home Heating” is the latest buzz in the UK energy industry, as another big name heating manufacturer launches digital heating control to slash customer energy bills. This week Honeywell have announced their new “Evohome” product, which promises to reduce … Continue reading

Posted by GDC on October 29th, 2013
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Climate change advisor defends “Green Taxes” following announcement of energy bill rises

Climate change advisor defends “Green Taxes” following announcement of energy bill rises “Low-carbon policies account for only a small part of energy bill increases”, say’s independent Government climate change advisory body. “Very significant energy bill increases in recent years have … Continue reading

Posted by GDC on October 29th, 2013
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Green Deal Finance cheapest on the market, latest research reveals

Green Deal payment plan is the cheapest and most accessible form of funding on the market, new research reveals. 83 percent of households have access to a £244 million funding Green Deal Finance package, according to the research carried out … Continue reading

Posted by GDC on October 24th, 2013
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Industry task-force to probe Green Deal interest rate

The cost of Green Deal finance had been “repeatedly blamed”, since it’s launch in January 2013, as a barrier to up-take of the home energy improvement scheme, said Richard Twinn, policy and public affairs officer at UK Green Building Council … Continue reading

Posted by GDC on October 22nd, 2013
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Green Deal or Home Improvement Deal, Martin Lewis defends the scheme

Money Saving Expert (MSE), Martin Lewis, defends the Green Deal this weekend by re-tweeting his latest thoughts on the energy-saving home improvement scheme. “I think it’s a good scheme,” writes Lewis, before explaining his recommendations for improving uptake of the … Continue reading

Posted by GDC on October 21st, 2013
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Almost 60 brand new Green Deal renovated homes, latest figures reveal

There are now 57 homes that are warmer, more efficient, cheaper to run and more environmentally friendly, thanks to their recent Green Deal energy efficiency retrofit, Government figures revealed. The Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) figures this week … Continue reading

Posted by GDC on October 18th, 2013
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Green Deal should “piggyback” home face-lift renovation market, new research finds

The Green Deal, Government energy efficiency scheme, would benefit from “piggybacking” the home renovation market, rather than being treated as a “distinct type of home improvement” on it’s own, new research finds. “Instead of targeting efficiency measures at committed efficiency … Continue reading

Posted by GDC on October 18th, 2013
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Re-energising the “Green Deal”

Vital role of the Green Deal is reaffirmed in new report, launched at the House of Commons, last week. The inquiry, led by the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for Excellence in the Built Environment, investigated the effectiveness of solutions … Continue reading

Posted by GDC on October 17th, 2013
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Green Deal Plan “in a day” CEO promises

In an exclusive interview with the Independent last week, Green Deal Finance Company Chief Executive Mark Bayley said: “we are looking to see if we can get to a Green Deal plan in a day.” In his first interview Mr … Continue reading

Posted by GDC on October 16th, 2013
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Help to Buy could boost the Green Deal, says industry blog

The Green Deal is one of the Government’s flagship housing schemes driving a programme of energy efficiency retrofitting. And James Murray, Editor of Business Green online, suggests the Government should “demand” Help to Buy customers also take advantage of the … Continue reading

Posted by GDC on October 11th, 2013
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Green Deal gets new right-hand man in Labour party reshuffle

Climate Change Minister Greg Barker, who heads up the Government’s flagship Green Deal scheme, is to get a new right-hand man. Ed Miliband has this week announced his party reshuffle with Jonathan Reynolds set to take the prestigious Shadow Climate … Continue reading

Posted by GDC on October 11th, 2013
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Get Green Deal smart to protect home from blackout this winter

The risk of blackouts this winter will be higher than it has been for almost a decade, according to recent analysis by the National Grid, reports the BBC. “Things will be tighter than they have been historically,” said National Grid … Continue reading

Posted by GDC on October 9th, 2013
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Nearly £100,000 income needed to live in Victorian terrace in 2030, new study reveals

A report on the energy use of period properties, like the much-loved Victorian terrace, based on projected fuel price rises revealed that only the super-rich will be able to afford to heat them in only 20 years time. The report … Continue reading

Posted by GDC on October 8th, 2013
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Keeping up with the Joneses could help boost Green Deal in E.ON and Opower joint venture

Keeping up with the Joneses could help boost Green Deal in E.ON and Opower joint venture New technology from America, which compares neighbours energy use is to be used in the UK and could help boost energy efficiency retrofitting schemes … Continue reading

Posted by GDC on October 7th, 2013
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Ikea could be perfect shop front for Green Deal technologies

Furniture giant, Ikea are soon to offer solar panels in their UK stores, it was announced this week. Marking the growing demand for sustainable products, it is the first mainstream retailer to offer solar panels to everyday customers, say’s Ikea. … Continue reading

Posted by GDC on October 4th, 2013
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Green Deal gives unemployed youth hope

Energy training services, such as Green Deal Central, are finding that more young people are turning to the Green Deal for training. The Green Deal is the Government’s flagship energy efficiency scheme designed to drive the “biggest housing improvement programme” … Continue reading

Posted by GDC on October 3rd, 2013
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What’s the fuss about PAS 2030 and the Green Deal?

Put simply, to be able to offer customers access to the Government-backed pioneering energy efficiency scheme, the Green Deal and Energy Company Obligation (ECO), installers must comply with PAS 2030 standard. The Publicly Available Specification, PAS 2030, is the BSI … Continue reading

Posted by GDC on October 1st, 2013
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Choose the Green Deal and win thermostat battle

It is officially Autumn, and so the battle with the thermostat begins. 12 households are, however, enjoying warm, efficient, comfortable homes thanks to their Green Deal Plans and a further 372 are eagerly awaiting installation before Winter sets in. Just … Continue reading

Posted by GDC on September 27th, 2013
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Industry supports Green Deal

Industry experts have today told Business Green that they support the Green Deal and whilst they have called for “flexibility”, do not think the scheme should be “overhauled” as suggested by Labour. Last weekend, at the Labour party conference the … Continue reading

Posted by GDC on September 26th, 2013
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Number of Green Deal Plans more than doubled, latest figures reveal

The number of signed Green Deal Pans has risen to 372, up from 132 in July, Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) figures released yesterday revealed. And 12 households have completed Green Deal Plans, the figures up to the … Continue reading

Posted by GDC on September 23rd, 2013
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Green Deal to become “comprehensive one-off programme” under new Lib Dem policy

At their annual conference this weekend, party members have voted in favour of the Liberal Democrat’s “Green Growth and Green Jobs: Transition to a Zero Carbon Britain” policy, with the Green Deal central to the paper. “I’m delighted that Liberal … Continue reading

Posted by GDC on September 20th, 2013
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Newsflash – Latest Green Deal and ECO uptake stats released by DECC

  The latest monthly and quarterly Green Deal stats released by the Department of Energy and Climate Change show the continued growth in Green Deal and ECO activity (covering up to the end of August and July respectively). Key points … Continue reading

Posted by GDC on September 19th, 2013
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Green Deal drives up energy efficiency in homes, according to new research

81 percent of households who competed a Green Deal Assessment have installed or are in the process of installing at least one energy efficiency measure, reveals new Government survey. Of that 81 percent, 56 percent have implemented at least one … Continue reading

Posted by GDC on September 18th, 2013
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Value of UK low carbon heat market to more than double by 2016

The news that the UK low carbon heat market is forecast to more than double to a value of £0.5billion by 2016, is a great opportunity for installers and local tradesmen to grow and diversify their business. With the launch … Continue reading

Posted by GDC on September 16th, 2013
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Green New Deal campaign calls on Government to invest £50bn in green market

The Coalition’s Green Deal programme and the Green New Deal (GND) lobby group, share more than their namesake. Both are working towards a green housing revolution, a low carbon future for UK properties and bigger investment in energy efficiency technologies … Continue reading

Posted by GDC on September 12th, 2013
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Quarter of UK households putting up with “unacceptably” cold homes, survey reveals

A survey commissioned by BBC Radio 5 live has revealed that 25 percent of UK households are struggling to pay heating bills and so have had to put up with “unacceptably cold temperatures” in their home. Over a third, 38 … Continue reading

Posted by GDC on September 11th, 2013
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Ofgem open consultation on regulation proposals for Green Deal sister plan ECO

Energy regulator Ofgem are proposing changes to the way they regulate energy efficiency work under the Government’s Energy Company Obligation (ECO) scheme, which supports the flagship Green Deal programme. The proposals, which will require certain energy efficiency work to be … Continue reading

Posted by GDC on September 10th, 2013
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Energy company to give employee homes Green Deal make-over

Gas and electric supplier SSE will provide energy efficiency upgrades to 50 of its employers to test the Green Deal scheme. The trial is to give case studies on what types of properties and situations are most suited to the … Continue reading

Posted by GDC on September 9th, 2013
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Green Deal figures not stacking up? Tory MP attacks the energy efficiency scheme

This week Conservative MP Peter Aldous criticised the Government flagship policy, the Green Deal, comparing it to more successful campaigns in Europe. The MP for Waveney in Suffolk said: “The government moved very quickly to set up the Green Investment … Continue reading

Posted by GDC on September 6th, 2013
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Government admits millions of Energy Performance Certificate breaches

Government to clamp down on Energy Performance Certificate rule breakers to help tackle housing energy efficiency problem, says campaign group. Millions of landlords are breaching energy efficiency regulations by not displaying Energy Performance Certificates (EPC), industry magazine reports. Campaign group … Continue reading

Posted by GDC on September 5th, 2013
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Government spends £16m on administration and marketing of Green Deal

The Government have put their money where their mouth is, confirming in a Freedom of Information letter, that a whopping £12.68m has been spent from April 2011 to end July 2013 on administering the Green Deal. The Green Deal is … Continue reading

Posted by GDC on September 3rd, 2013
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Variable rates and non-domestic Green Deal needed to boost energy efficiency in commercial sector

Variable rates and non-domestic Green Deal needed to boost energy efficiency in commercial sector, says industry report A report released this week by the Confederation of British Industry (CIB) calls on the Government to introduce variable business rates for energy … Continue reading

Posted by GDC on September 2nd, 2013
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Industry CEO warns of Green Deal “inertia”

Construction industry giant, Carillion told Construction news they will be investing further in the Green Deal, but warns that the Government must keep up momentum, following release of reported rise in profits. The Green Deal and Energy Company Obligation (ECO) … Continue reading

Posted by GDC on August 30th, 2013
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Energy efficiency retrofit under Green Deal will “significantly improve the quality of life”

Energy efficiency retrofit under Green Deal Go Early scheme will “significantly improve the quality of life” of dwellers, reports building website, Specification Online. Funded by the Green Deal Go Early scheme from the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC), … Continue reading

Posted by GDC on August 30th, 2013
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Heat pumps to play big role in helping households become energy efficient

Heat pumps to play big role in helping households become energy efficient, new industry report reveals. The performance and efficiency of heat pumps has been improved, meaning bill payers are set to make bigger savings, a report released by UK … Continue reading

Posted by GDC on August 28th, 2013
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Eco bank calls on mortgage lenders to support energy efficiency and Green Deal

The pioneering green lender, Ecology Building Society, has called on banks and building societies to help boost Green Deal energy efficiency market, in a statement responding to Government Green Deal figures revealed this month. Official Department of Energy and Climate … Continue reading

Posted by GDC on August 27th, 2013
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RBS backs “fast-growing” energy efficiency sector with £7m of backing

This month the Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) signed a £7m facility for leading energy efficiency solutions company, Anesco. Roland Emmans, head of the South technology team at Royal Bank of Scotland Corporate & Institutional Banking (RBS CIB), said: “We’re … Continue reading

Posted by GDC on August 22nd, 2013
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Latest Green Deal figures

The embryonic Green Deal has reached a milestone, as the first “live” Green Deal Plan is announced in the latest Government figures. Plus, a large number of improvements continue to be self-financed (with over 4,000 customers now having had measures … Continue reading

Posted by GDC on August 21st, 2013
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Stakeholders given clarity on consumer credit act for Green Deal

The Green Deal is the Governments flagship energy efficiency scheme and is based on a new and radical finance system, which has arguably been delayed because of lack of clarity in the “novel” unsecured credit agreement that the scheme offers. … Continue reading

Posted by GDC on August 16th, 2013
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Poverty gap growing for UK’s fuel poor

Under the Government’s new fuel poverty definition, announced last month, the number of fuel poor has dropped but the average fuel poverty gap increased, rather alarmingly. The fuel poverty gap has widened by over £200 on a decade ago, to … Continue reading

Posted by GDC on August 16th, 2013
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“Plugging 25 million leaky houses is no small task”, says sustainability professor

Writing for online journal The Conversation, George Martin, Professor of Low impact and Sustainable Buildings at Coventry University says retrofitting the UK’s leaky housing stock is a “vast job”. “The government needs to persuade householders and landlords to do the … Continue reading

Posted by GDC on August 15th, 2013
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Green Deal brings new opportunities for community groups

“The Green Deal brings new opportunities for community groups trying to reduce energy use and improve energy efficiency”, says PlanLoCal, which supports communities and groups that are “planning for low carbon living”. The low-carbon community group, PlanLoCal, suggest that the … Continue reading

Posted by GDC on August 14th, 2013
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Local authorities are not giving enough attention to energy efficiency and Green Deal, report warns.

Local authorities are integral to the success of energy efficiency policy, including the Green Deal and Energy Company Obligation (ECO), as they are in a “pivotal position to influence communities”, a local not-for-profit Government body says. The report, released by … Continue reading

Posted by GDC on August 9th, 2013
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“Liberal Democrats would transform the Green Deal”, says party policy paper

A group of Liberal Democrat members have put forward a green policy paper which proposes incentives to boost uptake of the Green Deal. Incentives include variable rates of council tax, based on a properties energy efficiency, and stamp duty. The … Continue reading

Posted by GDC on August 9th, 2013
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Energy Secretary says more suppliers needed for success of Green Deal

Energy Secretary Ed Davey calls for more cavity wall insulators to help success of Green Deal. Davey has admitted the Green Deal is being held back and blamed lack of suitably equipped suppliers and not lack of demand as many … Continue reading

Posted by GDC on August 7th, 2013
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Green Deal mixed messages to be cleared up

A Green Deal loan is a unique finance mechanism, and whilst it is not the only way to finance energy efficiency home improvements, with some customers opting to self-finance, the Government pledges that it makes finance available to over 80 … Continue reading

Posted by GDC on August 1st, 2013
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Mortgage Lenders give green light to Green Deal

The Council of Mortgage Lenders (CML), which represents 95 per cent of UK residential mortgage lenders, has published guidelines which state that “in principle”, the green deal should not affect mortgage affordability for customers, Yougen reports. “In most cases, lenders … Continue reading

Posted by GDC on August 1st, 2013
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The Green Deal gets down and “local” with £20m Green Deal Communities funding boost

  A new £20m Green Deal Communities scheme to help local authorities drive “street-by-street” delivery of the Green Deal has been announced last week. The Government calls on local authorities to target the Green Deal campaign as they “really know … Continue reading

Posted by GDC on July 31st, 2013
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Green Deal ORB tackles firms misusing the Green Deal mark, annual report shows.

  Annual Green Deal ORB (Green Deal Oversight & Registration Body) report released last week shows 64 firms were disciplined for misusing the Green Deal quality mark over the last year. The Green Deal is the Government’s pioneering energy efficiency … Continue reading

Posted by GDC on July 31st, 2013
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Industry expert says Autumn this year is key date for Green Deal

Green Deal “finance will be widely available and much easier to access in the autumn of this year”, Paul Joyner, Director of Sustainable Building Solutions, has said. Following release of the latest Green Deal figures, Paul Joyner, Director of Sustainable … Continue reading

Posted by GDC on July 26th, 2013
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Latest Green Deal figures show supply chain still growing

“The supply chain is gearing up,” writes David Thomas Deputy Director of Green Deal Demand, on the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) blog, following the release of the first full package of statistics on the green deal. The … Continue reading

Posted by GDC on July 25th, 2013
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Latest Green Deal figures show supply chain still growing

“The supply chain is gearing up,” writes David Thomas Deputy Director of Green Deal Demand, on the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) blog, following the release of the first full package of statistics on the green deal. The … Continue reading

Posted by GDC on July 24th, 2013
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Which? Green Deal Mystery Shop report

Importance of training in Green Deal market is highlighted by Which? report, to be released this week. This week Which? provided a “snapshot” investigation into the Government’s flagship energy efficiency scheme the Green Deal, and found “teething problems” in the … Continue reading

Posted by GDC on July 23rd, 2013
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Green Deal DECC latest Figures, July

Figures released this week show a significant improvement in Green Deal take-up. Following the release of the latest Green Deal statistics, Energy Minister Greg Barker said the Green Deal is an “ambitious long-term” project. But, it seems from these figures … Continue reading

Posted by GDC on July 22nd, 2013
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“World first” Renewable Heat Incentive announced

The industry is awash with positive noises following the Government’s confirmation of the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) tariff last Friday. The generous RHI tariff of between 7.3p/kWh and 19.2 p/kWh, will not only incentivise customers to install renewable heat technologies … Continue reading

Posted by GDC on July 17th, 2013
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Government launches new Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme

Energy efficiency measures for large firms could see £1.9 billion net benefit for UK, says the Government. Last week, the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) announced the launch of the new Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme (ESOS) which will … Continue reading

Posted by GDC on July 16th, 2013
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Tax incentives could boost Green Deal, says industry experts

Incentives like reduced Council Tax and Stamp Duty could “breathe new life into the construction sector and boost economic growth”, report by UK Green Building Council (UK-GBC) has found. The report found that up to 1.5 million property retrofits could … Continue reading

Posted by GDC on July 15th, 2013
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Govt fights back over “sensationalist” Green Deal over-heating report

Government fights back over “sensationalist” Green Deal over-heating report.   Cold homes play a far greater risk to health than properties that are too hot, the Government says defending it’s Green Deal energy efficiency scheme against a BBC report into … Continue reading

Posted by GDC on July 12th, 2013
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ICO makes an example out of rogue Green Deal firm making nuisance calls

The Government energy efficiency scheme has been plagued with rogue companies trying to cash in using the Green Deal name to sell home insulation and energy-saving services since it’s launch in January. The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) is fighting back, … Continue reading

Posted by GDC on July 11th, 2013
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Government response to industry Green Deal letter

In a letter received this week responding to industry calls for reform of the Green Deal, Energy Minister Greg Barker announces the launch of new industry group to help boost demand for energy efficiency policy. The Green Deal, and supporting … Continue reading

Posted by GDC on July 10th, 2013
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Regional imbalance in Green Deal reach

Green Deal not reaching regions most in need of great energy efficiency, shadow climate change minister says Following the release of official Green Deal figures last week, Construction News reports of an “alarming” imbalance between different geographical regions in the … Continue reading

Posted by GDC on July 9th, 2013
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Reduced VAT could be more effective than Green Deal?

Research from the Federation of Master Builders (FMB) shows cutting VAT to five percenton energy efficient glazing and boiler replacements could be more effective than the Green Deal.  However, critics have hit back at this research to point out that … Continue reading

Posted by GDC on July 8th, 2013
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Green Deal statistics, DECC Quarterly Report

“The UK needs Green Deal to be a success”, says environmental consultant following release of low Green Deal loan figures Only four Green Deal Plans have been registered, Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) figures released yesterday reveal. Arguably, … Continue reading

Posted by GDC on June 28th, 2013
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More needed to remove obstacles from Green Deal to boost uptake

As the Government prepares to release official figures later today, outlining the actual number of Green Deal loans that have been taken, the DECC have received a letter from industry trade association Energy UK outlining action needed to boost uptake … Continue reading

Posted by GDC on June 28th, 2013
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“Appetite” for Green Deal energy efficiency has doubled, new Government research reveals

Both awareness of the Green Deal and uptake of energy efficiency refurbishments as a result of Green Deal Assessments has risen, latest Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) research revealed yesterday. The Government and those involved in the Green … Continue reading

Posted by GDC on June 28th, 2013
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New generation of energy efficiency entrepreneurs

DECC has announced £19m of funding for new generation of energy efficiency entrepreneurs, ahead of release of Green Deal figures on Thursday Earlier this month the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) announced the launch of the second phase … Continue reading

Posted by GDC on June 26th, 2013
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Gaps in green-focused workforce, construction report reveals

There are opportunities to up-skill in the green energy efficiency construction sector, audit by the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOD) 2013 skills report reveals. 66 percent of construction professionals who took part in the survey believe training is needed to … Continue reading

Posted by GDC on June 25th, 2013
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Celebrity builder Tommy Walsh backs the Green Deal

Celebrity builder Tommy Walsh backs the Green Deal “I want to raise awareness of the Green Deal so everyone can benefit”, said the “Ground Force” cheeky chappy presenter Tommy Walsh about the launch of Solent Green Deal.  The Solent Green … Continue reading

Posted by GDC on June 24th, 2013
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UK city fends off Brussels and Ljubljana to win title of European Green Capital 2015

UK city fends off Brussels and Ljubljana to win title of European Green Capital 2015 The award recognises Bristol and the UK as a true role model for a green economy in “Europe and beyond”. Presenting the award in the … Continue reading

Posted by GDC on June 21st, 2013
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Green Deal energy saving measures boost house prices

Making energy efficiency improvements to your property could increase its value by 14 percent on average, new research released today by the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) reveals. This is more than £16,000 added to the sale price … Continue reading

Posted by GDC on June 18th, 2013
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Competition heats up for sale of Green Deal pioneer Enact Energy

There have been 42 expressions of interest from buyers for Green Deal pioneering company Enact Energy, who went into administration this month. “There has been a lot of interest in the business and we have sent out a lot of … Continue reading

Posted by GDC on June 17th, 2013
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The heat is on for renewable energy technologies under the Green Deal

50% of SME’s looking to use the Green Deal will use it to finance energy-generation technologies, npower survey reveals.  The Green Deal is designed to make often complicated and expensive energy efficiency work such as solid wall insulation and the … Continue reading

Posted by GDC on June 14th, 2013
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Contractor reports “sharp rise” in demand for domestic energy efficiency work

Following the introduction of the Government’s flagship Green Deal and Energy Saving Obligation (ECO), demand for the specialism of energy efficiency home improvements has escalated, a North West contractor has said. The Green Deal is a pay-as-you-save scheme designed to … Continue reading

Posted by GDC on June 13th, 2013
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Green Deal needs improved customer communications

More needs to be done to make sure the Green Deal “is communicated to the public properly” said independent energy and climate change consultant The comment comes following Radio 4’s “You and Yours” piece on the Green Deal last week … Continue reading

Posted by GDC on June 12th, 2013
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DECC sponsors energy efficiency awards to help boost efficiency in businesses

The Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) is sponsoring three new energy efficiency awards at the 2013 Green Economy Awards it was announced this week. The Green Economy Awards are the UK’s most comprehensive awards celebrating the pioneers of … Continue reading

Posted by GDC on June 10th, 2013
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Green Deal figures speak for themselves

There are a potential 2.2 million homes that would benefit from the Green Deal when making extensions or converting gardens. And 4.5 million homes with cavity walls that are empty, and which could still be insulated.  The Green Deal has … Continue reading

Posted by GDC on June 7th, 2013
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Turn the heating off and use the Green Deal to keep it off !

As the Met office predictions of clear skies and temperatures in the 20′s are astonishingly correct, we finally enjoy the feeling of not putting the heating on for over a week. So now is the time to think about reducing … Continue reading

Posted by GDC on June 6th, 2013
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Committee suggests putting Green Deal on eBay

The idea of putting Government schemes on popular retail sites such as eBay and Amazon will help boost “digital engagement” says select committee of MP’s. The Green Deal is the Government’s flagship energy saving plan which aims to transform the … Continue reading

Posted by GDC on June 4th, 2013
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Renewable energy boost under the Green Deal

Energy saving has never been more in the news, especially with the introduction of the Green Deal. And now the Government has turned the spotlight on it even more by announcing more money for renewable heat, which could affect office … Continue reading

Posted by GDC on June 3rd, 2013
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