Green Deal Consultation Starts Now

24 November 2011

Energy and Climate Change Secretary Chris Huhne yesterday announced the launch of the Green Deal Consultation as part of his Annual Energy Statement to Parliament.

The Green Deal aims to increase energy efficiency for 14 million households, as well as businesses, by the early 2020s, by installing energy-saving measures including home insulation, to create warmer homes at no upfront cost.

Under the scheme, households and businesses will be offered loans to install the energy-saving measures. The loan is then paid off by small charges to energy bills. However, the level of repayments must be smaller or equivalent to the savings the measures deliver. And the debt would be tied to the home and its energy bills, rather than the owner or occupier.

The Green Deal consultation opened yesterday, Wednesday 23rd November, and will close on 18th January 2012. The Government then expect to present secondary legislation to Parliament shortly after the closing date to allow the first Green Deals to be completed in October 2012.

Now is the time to have your say. The Government wants to hear from organisations and individuals who have an interest in working within the framework of the Green Deal, as well as members of the general public including those who are considering energy efficiency measures.

You can respond to the consultation online now, or download the consultation response form and either email or post it to the addresses available on the DECC website.

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