Green Deal – Quick guides have been published
This week DECC published a set of Quick guides on the Green Deal for householders, owners, tenants and landlords. Do check them out and please share them with your associates and friends. Green Deal Quick Guides
Go for the Green Deal as Green Deal Arrangements Agreement GDAA) comes in
As the GDAA between the energy suppliers and Green Deal Providers came into force early last week, 58 separate installer organisations and 10 assessor bodies had been authorised and two applicants – Insta Group and Inteb Sustainability – had already completed the authorisation process to become the first Green Deal Providers, with more currently going through registration and fitness testing.
Blogging on the DECC website this week, Minister Gregory Barker described them as ‘true pioneers’ as he also paid tribute to all of our industry stakeholders who worked side by side with DECC to ensure the final pieces of the Green Deal Framework came together in readiness for the regulations to switch on this month. “The Green Deal Oversight and Registration Body (ORB) has been operational for barely 8 weeks so it’s encouraging to see it doing steady business” the Minister said.
Birmingham City Council Partnership
Birmingham is the first local authority in the country to appoint a delivery partner (Carillion) for the Green Deal. In an announcement last month, DECC awarded £2.6m to the City Council to help kick start Green Deal activity across the City. Birmingham City Council aims to lever in an additional £3.2m in matched funding.
Green Deal Code of Practice and the Green Deal Quality Mark
Other important Framework elements taking effect this month, include the Green Deal Code of Practice and the Green Deal Quality Mark which must be used by authorised participants to provide key assurances both for industry and for consumers. We have also updated the Green Deal Measures Guidance.
The Energy Saving Advice Service (0300 123 1234)
Numerous enquiries have been made about the Green Deal as authorised participants begin to operate; offering appointments for accredited assessments and quotation services. Authorised Green Deal Providers will be able to offer Green Deal plans to consumers from 28 January 2013, when the Green Deal really gets off the ground – and we expect the number of customer offers to build from there as more players enter the market.
Businesses wanting to find out about the Green Deal for the first time can find out more on the Green Deal Industry pages or contact the Green Deal Oversight & Registration Body.
Consumers wanting general energy efficiency advice, including information about the Green Deal, should call the ESAS helpline on 0300 123 1234.