Climate Change Minister Greg Barker announced that the Department for Energy and Climate Change is expecting the Energy Bill to go through later than expected.
He said: “We’re now expecting that we get Royal Assent for the Energy Bill, including the primary legislation for the Green Deal and Energy Company Obligation, early in the autumn. I do not expect this will make any change to our plan to bring in the Green Deal in October 2012.”
The Minister of State met with stakeholders to discuss the likely next steps. These have included senior representatives from the likely new entrants to the Green Deal market – including Kingfisher, Birmingham City Council, Travis Perkins, Carillion and Marks and Spencer.
Over the summer DECC have promised to further develop their relationship with the Energy Ombudsman Service, the Financial Ombudsman Service, Ofgem and the Office of Fair Trading to ensure consumer protection.