Ofgem Recognises E.ON for Home Insulation Scheme Success

6 May 2013

E.ON is amongst a group of energy companies being congratulated on their efforts to improve the insulation of Britain’s housing stock.

The energy company exceeded all obligations relating to two Government schemes geared towards reducing the UK’s carbon emissions and improve energy efficiency.

Don Leiper, Director of New Business at E.ON, said: “I'm extremely proud of our team who have worked hard to deliver against our obligations.”

Energy Saving Initiatives

The Community Energy Saving Programme (CESP) and Carbon Emissions Reduction Target (CERT) schemes were introduced by the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) in 2008 in response to the Climate Change Act 2008.

Under the schemes, energy companies were obligated to improve the energy efficiency of the UK housing stock through a variety of measures, including home insulation (Cavity Wall Insulation, Loft Insulation, Solid Wall Insulation), improving heating systems, and promoting the use of energy-saving light bulbs, amongst others.

E.ON – alongside EDF, Eggborough Power, and RWE npower – met all of the targets set out by DECC at the start of the campaign.

The company recorded 101.8% of its main target, 102.5% of its priority group target, 105.6% of its super priority group target, and 104.4% of its insulation target.

Leiper commented: “Not only have we introduced wide-ranging energy efficiency measures to more than 1.3 million homes across the UK, we have also given an opportunity to some of the more vulnerable families in society to manage their energy costs for the long term.

Home Insulation

Government reports show that the CESP scheme delivered a total of 491 schemes, accounting for 293,922 carbon saving measures. 154,364 of these measures were applied to properties in eligible low income areas.

The CERT scheme was responsible for saving 296.9 Mt CO₂ through a variety of measures, including insulation, heating, lighting, micro-generation, and behavioural changes.

According to the Ofgem report, Loft Insulation was installed in 3,897,324 households; Cavity Wall Insulation in 2,568,870 properties; and Solid Wall Insulation in 58,916 homes. In total, more than 6.5 million insulation measures were carried out.

Home insulation accounted for 66.2% of all CO₂ saved under the CERT scheme.

Failure to Comply

Sarah Harrison, Ofgem’s senior partner in charge of enforcement, confirmed Ofgem is “launching investigations into six firms who have failed one or more of their energy efficiency targets set by government.”

These companies include British Gas, SSE, and Scottish Power.

Moving Forward

The two schemes are just the start of the Government’s continued push to improve energy efficiency and reduce carbon emissions.

Energy and Climate Change Secretary Edward Davey said: “More than six million households are warmer and enjoying lower bills as a result of these schemes.

“But that was just the start. The new Green Deal and Energy Company Obligation go one better. They put choice in the hands of householders allowing them to cost effectively insulate their homes and keep bills down.”

Under the Green Deal and Energy Company Obligation, households can make home improvements like Cavity Wall Insulation, Loft Insulation, and Solid Wall Insulation.

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