Hackney is in danger of losing out under the "Green Deal" and we need to warm up our communities in preparation for next year's launch if we are to get our fair share of the funding available.

A presentation from ACE (Association for the Conservation of Energy) at the Greener Hackney event on 15th October outlined details of how the "Green Deal" is expected to work from 2012.

The "Green Deal" which is currently going through parliament will enable private firms to offer consumers energy efficiency improvements to their homes, community spaces and businesses at no upfront cost, and to recoup payments through a charge in instalments on the energy bill.  

The "Golden Rule" will mean that savings will be more than payments from day 1.  In order to meet the golden rule some investments could be subsidised through the "ECO", or Energy Company Obligation" in order to help households in fuel poverty heat their homes efficiently.

But the funding is likely to go to "Warmed up" areas where people are ready with projects costed and paperwork ready to go when the funding is released.  The government is looking to local authorities to play a big part in rolling out the Green Deal.  Hackney Council has recently launched an Energy Advice line on 0800 281 768.  Let's make sure Hackney doesn't lose out.

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Comment by James Diamond on December 22, 2011 at 16:40

The high court has ruled the changed to the FIT "legally flawed" and MPs have slammed the changes as "clumsy", with potential to deal a "fatal blow" to the solar PV industry.

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Comment by James Diamond on December 19, 2011 at 17:30

A high court challenge to the FIT changes is being heard tomorrow (Tuesday 20th Dec).  Friends of the Earth has teamed up with solar installers to challenge the government's slashing of the tariffs with only 6 weeks notice which has left many promising projects on hold, and is likely to lead to job losses in the sector

Comment by James Diamond on November 29, 2011 at 9:38

Recent government announcements of a cut in the Feed-in-tariff from 12th December will increase the payback on renewable investments.  After April energy-efficiency standards will also be required. This could mean fitting a more efficient boiler or insulation to qualify for the FIT.  

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