Redditch County Council Latest To Implement Green Deal

21 June 2013

Redditch County Council has emerged as the latest local council planning to reduce residents’ energy bills by turning to the Green Deal.

Following a recent meeting of the Executive Committee, the Council has decided to team up with support services provider Carillion to deliver energy saving home improvements under the Government’s latest energy-efficiency schemes, the Green Deal and Energy Company Obligation (ECO).

The move follows Carillion’s selection as the exclusive delivery partner of nearby Birmingham City Council’s Birmingham Energy Services (BES), a scheme set up to offer similar services to those proposed by Redditch County Council.

The agreement will see Carillion manage energy efficient home improvements generated by the Green Deal and ECO.

The Green Deal scheme allows residents to apply for a loan to pay for the installation of a wide selection of energy-saving measures, including Cavity Wall Insulation, Solid Wall Insulation, and Loft Insulation. The loan is repaid via the property’s electric bill, with the cost of repayment being no more than the sum saved by making the improvements.

The ECO focuses on providing similar improvements to those at risk, or currently living in, fuel poverty. The obligation, which is completely funded by the major energy suppliers, offers non-repayable grants to low income households as well as other vulnerable parties.

Carillion will arrange for initial property inspections, which will determine which measures are best suited. The support services provider will then arrange for these measures to be installed.

In the minutes to its most recent meeting, the Council noted: “While there is no statutory duty on the Council to participate, the likely benefits from economic development and reducing fuel poverty within the district [represents] strong incentives to ensure that the Green Deal and its associated Energy Company Obligation are taken up as widely as possible and that the Council removes any barriers to take up across all tenures and communities.”

It is hoped that the installation of Loft Insulation, Cavity Wall Insulation, Solid Wall Insulation, and other energy efficient measures carried out under the scheme will help lower bills across the region, and in particular those of the more than 4,000 households currently considered to be living in fuel poverty.

The deal is initially expected to stretch for eight years, with a break clause after three years. Both parties have left room for manoeuvre in the case that other Worcestershire councils look to follow suit, with the intention that a countywide scheme will be put in place.

Carillion predicts that the scheme could put £21 million back into the Redditch economy by providing work for existing tradesman and creating new jobs and apprenticeships.

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