The Government’s ‘Green Deal’, the major plank of the Energy Bill, represents a colossal missed opportunity. The Government’s proposals are muddled, inadequate, and shrouded in uncertainty for business and the consumer.
David Cameron’s senior energy advisor has called the projected energy savings from DECC’s proposals ‘unconvincing’.
The Energy Bill has been rushed and lacking in detail from the start. Much of the detail of the bill is still being worked out even at this late stage.
Businesses are now getting cold feet about the scheme, having failed to get answers from Government. With growing uncertainty about the bill, potential providers and environmental groups are expressing their disappointment and calling for major improvements.
Under the Green Deal the poorest get the least help. Government plans fail the fairness test. Warm Front is being phased out. Responsibility for fuel poverty will be dealt with by energy suppliers through the Energy Company Obligation (ECO). This limited pot (paid for by customers) will also fund households in hard-to-treat homes that can afford to pay.