Energy efficient measures to fall by 73% by 2020

The annual number of energy efficiency measures installed in UK homes will decrease to 1.6 million in 2020. That’s a 73% drop since 2012, a report from the Association for the Conservation of Energy (ACE) stated. It analysed the energy efficiency measures installed, the number of households helped and the total investment during the last […]

ACE project invests $500k in biomass energy

An Alternative and Clean Energy (ACE) project is going to invest $500,000 (£325k) to boost clean energy in Clearfield County, Pennsylvania. Governor Tom Wolf announced the funding which is being provided by the Commonwealth Financing Authority (CFA). West Branch Area School District will use the grant to install a biomass boiler system in Morris Township. It will be […]

Insulation is “collapsing” in the UK

Dire warnings were flagged up today with new analysis suggesting the number of British homes getting insulation has plummeted under the Coalition. From 1.65 million major measures like cavity, loft and solid wall insulation installed 2012-13, this fell 60% in 2013 to 2014 to only 661,000 major measures. The drop is even starker when compared […]

EU sues Treasury over efficiency VAT break

The European Commission is suing the UK for giving VAT breaks to energy saving measures, it announced yesterday, prompting UK groups to press the Government to fight the plans “tooth and nail”. The Commission has threatened to refer the UK to the EU Court of Justice for months and finally did so yesterday. The EU’s […]

‘Give carbon tax funds to the fuel poor’

The new carbon tax levied on businesses should be recycled to help people struggling to pay fuel bills, according to campaigners outraged by swingeing cuts to fuel poverty funding. According to a new report by the Association for the Conservation of Energy (ACE), the Government has slashed the money it gives to the fuel poor […]

Commission’s energy boss tries to calm UK efficiency VAT row

The European Commission’s own energy department disagrees with EU court action against the UK’s lower rate of VAT for energy saving devices. Philip Lowe, the Commission’s Director General for Energy said any scheme which made people save energy was “very worthwhile” and suggested the court action was driven by Brussels’ tax officials. His comments at […]

EU’s VAT threat could “seriously” damage Green Deal

Concerns are mounting over the EU’s threat to slap the 20% rate of VAT on energy saving products, with experts worried it could “seriously damage” the Government’s flagship Green Deal programme. The scheme gives loans for installing efficiency measures such as insulation. Under the scheme’s “Golden Rule”, the cost of the measures must be capable […]

New Green Deal insulation plans “would take 100 years”

Lobbyists are claiming it would take 100 years to put insulation into all the UK’s homes under the Government’s new plans for its scheme to boost home energy efficiency measures. Today DECC released its updated plans for the Green Deal including a new impact assessment which estimates how many jobs it will create and how […]

Government misinformed over need for new nuclear, claims report

A trade association has alleged the Government may have been misled in determining their future energy policies by information on nuclear power that could be inaccurate. The report by Unlock Democracy and ACE, a trade association for energy efficiency and insulation companies, says Parliament needs to re-open the nuclear debate: “there is absolutely no need […]

Insure your turbine

World leading manufacturer of small wind turbines, Evance Wind, has announced an insurance policy for their R9000 turbine, which will protect owners from unforeseen damage, accidental as well as malicious, plus perils such as fire, lightning and storm. The insurance policy, available from Lycetts, and underwritten by ACE is available for customers in the UK […]