Retrofit Summit To Focus On ECO Insulation Scheme

28 November 2013

The Energy Company Obligation will be on the agenda at the upcoming Retrofit Summit, a one-day policy conference focusing on refurbishment and energy efficient retrofitting.

The conference will host a series of events dedicated to discussing the Government scheme and how it relates to retrofitting the country, something all parties agree is essential to help Britain reduce its carbon emissions and cut fuel bills.

The event is scheduled to take place on 5th December, the same day that Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne will make his Autumn Statement, which is expected to impact the Energy Company Obligation.

The Energy Company Obligation was put into place in January to help plug the nation’s ‘leaky’ housing stock. The scheme offers a non-repayable grant to low-income households and other ‘at risk’ householders. This grant is then used to pay for measures such as Cavity Wall Insulation and Loft Insulation.

The scheme, which is funded by a subsidy placed on fuel bills by energy companies, has recently come under fire after several energy companies blamed the scheme for rising fuel bills costs.

On 5th December, it has been speculated that the scheme will undergo reform to reduce to reduce the levies paid to energy companies, a move that has been criticised by a large number of organisations.

The Energy Company Obligation will be one of the hot topics at the Retrofit Summit.

Jonathan Reynolds, Shadow Minister for Climate Change, will open the conference with a keynote speech reflecting his views on retrofitting the nation.

Following Reynolds’ speech, a debate on the current state and future of the Energy Company Obligation will take place, with representatives from npower, Willmott Brown and Place for People all expected to make their opinions heard.

The Chancellor’s statement will then be streamed live following which a Retrofit Question Time event will be conducted. Confirmed panellists include Charles Phillips, the head of ECO at the Department of Energy & Climate Change (DECC), and Jenny Saunders, chief executive of National Energy Action.

The Question Time event will focus on topics such as future plans to install Cavity Wall Insulation and Loft Insulation into the millions of homes currently under-insulated.

The Retrofit Summit will take place at the Business Design Centre in Islington, London.

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