Government open new consultation on the Energy Company Obligation
Government open new consultation on the Energy Company Obligation Jul 10, 2019
The Department for
Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) has proposed changes to ECO3 designed
to improve consumer protection.
The consultation will run to August 6th with
those working in the energy efficiency industry and tackling fuel poverty encouraged
The proposal includes incorporating TrustMark into ECO3, a
Government endorsed qualification covering installations in consumer households.
If the changes were to be implemented, this would mean
installers must be TrustMark accredited in order to install ECO measures.
The consultation continues to explain how the new demands
would increase costs for suppliers and the industry, but that it considers
this a necessary consequence of improving quality and standards in the industry.
Further changes proposed to ECO3
It has been recommended that the lifetime of first-time
central heating should be increased from 12 years to 20 years, to recognise the
lasting benefits of the whole system.
In addition, there may be a lift on the restrictions to the
private rented sector that state ECO funding is not available for properties in
EPC band F and G.
This is a result of research from BEIS indicating that the
cost of installing measures such as first-time central heating is over the
current spending cap outlined in the
Minimum Energy Efficiency Standard, giving
landlords exemption from installing the measure.
Also proposed is the extension of the LA Flex route to ECO
funding, allowing first-time central heating to be part of in-fill schemes.
Responses will be analysed and the Government aims to
respond by September with any changes in regulation discussed by parliament the