DECC published the guidance for the Heat Networks Delivery Unit “funding round 5″ on 6 October 2015.
To “counter the capability and capacity issues faced by local authorities when developing heat networks, HNDU was set up to provide support (grant funding and guidance) to local authorities in England and Wales to progress the development stages of heat networks projects.”
Interested local authorities will need to read the full guidance, but in summary, grant funding “will meet up to 67% of the estimated eligible external costs of feasibility studies…The local authority will have to secure at least 33% in match funding…There is no upper or lower limit for bids.”
The deadline for applications is 1 November 2015.
There are approximately 2,000 heat networks in the UK currently, supplying heat to 21,000 dwellings and 1,700 commercial and public buildings.
Source: DECC, Heat Network Delivery Unit Round 5 Funding Guidance
DECC released a press release announcing ‘funds issued for the Green Deal Home Improvement Fund have surged by £8 million in one week – taking the new scheme’s three week total to £16.5 million issued’ on 1 July 2014.
The release confirmed a total of ‘4490 households have applied for the Green Deal Home Improvement Fund which offers instant money back for making energy saving home improvements.’
Click here to read the press release in full
Click here to find out more about the Green Deal Home Improvement Fund
Source: DECC, Green Deal Home Improvement Fund has its biggest week yet, 1 July 2014
DECC published a short guide for consumers on the Green Deal home improvement fund on 9 June 2014.
The publication follows the guidance published on 2 May 2014 which explained how the Fund works, highlighting the following:
To be eligible for the scheme, householders must satisfy the following incentive criteria:
- Customers must apply for the voucher before the work starts
- Measures must be recommended in an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) or GDAR carried out in the last 24 months
- The GDHIF can work with Green Deal Finance which could be used to help to pay for some of the costs of installation
- Customers will not be eligible for the GDHIF incentive if they receive ECO or other central Government funding, on the energy saving improvements applied for under GDHIF
Click here to see the new Guide for consumers and Click here for the original guidance for the industry
Source: DECC, The Green Deal: guide to the Green Deal Home Improvement Fund, 9 June 2014
DECC published the latest statistics on the Green Deal and Energy Company Obligation (ECO) on 20 May 2014.
The release includes statistics on the Green Deal for the domestic sector (including information on GD Assessments, Plans, Cashback and the GD supply chain) and information on ECO brokerage and the latest statistics on measures installed under the ECO.
Example finding: ‘A provisional 790,000 measures were installed in around 660,000 properties through ECO, Cashback and Green Deal to the end of March 2014, up from 694,000 measures to the end of February. The large majority of installed measures (98 per cent) were delivered through ECO.’
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Source, DECC, Green Deal and Energy Company Obligation (ECO): monthly statistics (May 2014), 20 May 2014
DECC published the final statement for the first Carbon Budget period covering 2008-2012 as required by section 18 of the Climate Change Act on 13 May 2014.
The statement includes findings that: ‘over the first budgetary period, UK emissions as calculated by the net UK carbon account were 2,982 MtCO2e which is 36 MtCO2e below the first carbon budget cap of 3,018 MtCO2e.’
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Source: DECC, Final statement for the first Carbon Budget period, 13 May 2014