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Weekly News Round-Up - 09/12/13

It’s all about DECC and announced amendments to renewable energy incentives in this weeks News Round-up from Duncan Renewables!
Improvements to the Green Deal Announced – DECC 02/12/13

As part of the Energy Bills announcements earlier this week, the government outlined proposed changes to the Green Deal. This is to make the Green Deal more attractive for consumers and to remove unnecessary cost for companies.

Over 100,000 Green Deal assessments have been undertaken since January, with research suggesting that action to improve energy efficiency is being undertaken in over 80% of those households assessed. As promising as these figures are, the government are still looking to boost interest in the Green Deal with homeowners with the following measures;
• Introducing a new on-line tool that will give consumers straightforward advice on the steps they can take to improve the energy efficiency of their homes.
• Improving the Green Deal Advice Report by making it clearer and easier to understand.
• Giving consumers better signposting to the companies that can provide the services they want.

Companies operating in the market will be affected by the following Green Deal changes:
• Opening up access to Energy Performance Certificate data to allow easy identification of properties which will benefit most from energy efficiency improvements.
• Adding more measures to the list of those that can be supported under the Green Deal, and allowing more flexibility to installations.
• Investigating ways to reduce the cost of insurance attached to Green Deal measures.

These improvements will begin in January 2014 and will continue to be implemented in the months following. New measures for improvements are also likely to be announced in the New Year.

Read the full set of changes here
Changes announced to the Non-Domestic RHI Scheme – DECC 04/12/13

DECC, on 4th December 2013, published a series of improvements and increased support for the non-domestic RHI scheme. DECC estimate that these policy changes could incentivise around 5,000 non-domestic installations and an additional 6.4TWh of renewable heat by the end of 2015/16.

These are some of the key improvements to the non-domestic RHI scheme:
• Increased support for renewable CHP, large biomass boilers (over1MW), deep geothermal, ground source heat pumps, solar-thermal and biogas combustion.
• New support for air-water heat pumps and commercial and industrial energy from waste.
• Improvements to budget management to ensure that the scheme remains affordable and achieves value for money

These improvements will be implemented in 2014. To read the full outline of improvements to the non-domestic RHI scheme, click here
Duncan Renewables’ Yorkshire Post Supplement – 30/11/13

Did you know that Duncan Renewables sponsor the quarterly renewable energy supplement in the Saturday edition of the Yorkshire Post?

Don’t worry if you didn’t or simply forgot to pick up your copy last Saturday; you can read our editorial page which showcases some of our case studies here

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