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DECC 'pleased' with Green Deal progress despite no assessments lodged


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DECC 'pleased' with Green Deal progress despite no assessments lodged DECC 'pleased' with Green Deal progress despite no assessments lodged

The Department for Energy and Climate Change (DECC) says it is "very pleased" with the progress being made in advance of the Green Deal next year, despite the fact no household assessments have yet been lodged on the official register.

Energy minister Greg Barker was forced to admit the lack of activity in a written parliamentary answer last week after being quizzed on take-up by Labour & Co-operative MP Luciana Berger.

Although households won't actually be allowed to agree a loan to carry out energy efficiency works untill January, they have had the option of taking out an assessment from the beginning of October which is when the regulations came in.

Under the terms of the Green Deal, the energy efficiency loan would stay with the property and assessments carried out by accredited professionals would make sure any work done to a home would generate enough energy savings to pay back the loan.

Mr Barker said: "Green Deal assessments are completed when they have been conducted in the property and the results are lodged on the EPC register, through software developed specifically for occupancy assessments. While we understand a number of appointments for the in-property assessments have been made, no assessments have yet been lodged on the register."

He said since the website was launched on 17 October 2012, the Green Deal page has been viewed 38,543 times. 

He added that between January and November 2012, there were 185,183 visits to the Green Deal landing page on the DECC website, while the introductory quick guide to the Green Deal, published mid October, was downloaded 7,134 times.

A DECC spokesperson said: “The Green Deal is coming alive and we are very pleased with the progress being made in advance of 28th January 2013, when the first Green Deal plans can be agreed.

“To ensure the Green Deal gets off to a flying start in January we recently announced a £125 million cash back offer to coincide with this date, which will see up to £1,000 available for households making energy saving home improvements under the Green Deal. 

“People can register for a Green Deal assessment now, although we understand that assessments are generally being scheduled to take place closer to the date at which a plan can be signed and the work can begin – this makes perfect sense.”


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