MPs look at potential future energy efficiency schemes

The Energy and Climate Change Committee is to look into potential future energy efficiency initiatives. It will be taking evidence on home energy efficiency and demand reduction, looking at a […]

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By Priyanka Shrestha

The Energy and Climate Change Committee is to look into potential future energy efficiency initiatives.

It will be taking evidence on home energy efficiency and demand reduction, looking at a range of proposals for future energy-saving schemes next week.

The Committee will explore a number of issues including the future of supplier obligations, tackling fuel poverty and the ‘hard to reach’, local authorities playing a greater role in delivering energy efficiency, addressing the balance between obligations, grants and regulations as well as driving demand.

It stated: “Energy efficiency and demand reduction is one of the most cost effective ways to cut carbon emissions, improve energy security and reduce consumer bills. However, the government has announced the end of two key policies – Zero Carbon Homes and the Green Deal – without bringing forward any replacement schemes. The Energy Company Obligation (ECO) is also due to come to an end in March 2017.

“The Committee [will investigate] what lessons can be learnt from these and previous energy efficiency schemes. The evidence received feeds into our scrutiny of energy efficiency policies over the course of this Parliament.”

It will take evidence from the UK Energy Research Centre, Sustainable Energy Association, Centre for Sustainable Energy and Centre on the University of Sussex.