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NEA UK Fuel Poverty Monitor Survey 2018
NEA have opened a survey to collect evidence to build its understanding of the effects of the severe cold weather experienced throughout the winter of 2017/18 and to identify key lessons in advance of the coming winter.
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Date: 25 May 2018

Energy Efficient Scotland Route Map Published
The Scottish Government has announced that funding of more than £54m is to go towards tackling fuel poverty in Scotland, as part of its newly published Route Map titled Energy Efficient Scotland.
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Date: 04 May 2018

140,000 households can’t afford to top up their prepayment energy meter
Research from Citizens Advice shows that 140,000 households in Great Britain with prepayment meters have been left without gas or electricity because they didn’t have enough money to top them up.
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Date: 03 May 2018

Citizens Advice calls on electricity distribution companies to return excess profits to consumers
Citizens Advice has published analysis which it says “shows the regional disparities in the unjustified profits being made by electricity distribution firms“ and is calling on them to take action and return this money to their customers.

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Date: 03 May 2018

Citizens Advice’s Winter Resilience pilot evaluation report
The Centre for Sustainable Energy (CSE) has published an independent evaluation report on the Citizen’s Advice Winter Resilience pilot to design and pilot the implementation of a single point of contact for housing and health referral services, as... (read more)
Date: 03 May 2018

ALEO Responses to BEIS ECO 3 and Warm Home Discount Consultations
ALEO responded to the BEIS consultations on ECO 3 and the Warm Home Discount on 27 April 2018.
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Date: 01 May 2018

Labour announces plans to insulate four million homes
On 1 May 2018, the Shadow Business and Energy Secretary Rebecca Long-Bailey announced refreshed plans by the Labour Party to bring four million homes up to Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) rating of C or above by the end of a five-year parliam... (read more)
Date: 01 May 2018

James Brokenshire appointed as Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government
On 30 April 2018, James Brokenshire was appointed as Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government.
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Date: 01 May 2018

Study proposes generating hydrogen from excess energy for use in natural gas networks
Northern Gas Networks (NGN) and ITM Power have published the results of a power-to-gas feasibility study, funded by BEIS.
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Date: 01 May 2018

Solar Trade Association Report on LAs Making Solar Work Today
The Solar Trade Association (STA) has published a report titled Leading Lights: How Local Authorities are Making Solar Work Today
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Date: 30 Apr 2018

CMA finds that SSE/Npower merger warrants further scrutiny
On 26 April the Competition and Markets Authority’s (CMA) announced that the initial phase of its investigation into the proposed merger of SSE Retail and Npower has concluded that the removal of competition between the two companies could lead t... (read more)
Date: 29 Apr 2018

NEA Conference Bursary Scheme now open
NEA is now accepting applications for its bursary scheme, providing free places to the NEA Annual Conference and Exhibition in Nottingham from 17 to 19 September 2018. The bursary schemes is designed to enable attendance from those agencies which ... (read more)
Date: 25 Apr 2018

BEIS Evidence Reports on long term heat decarbonisation
On 12 April, BEIS published five external reports to advance the understanding of the potential of a range of long-term strategic options for decarbonising heat as part of its wider research into heat decarbonisation.
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Date: 20 Apr 2018

Parliamentary POSTnote on Health in Private-Rented Housing
On 4 April 2018, POST - the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology - published a POSTnote on Health in Private-Rented Housing.
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Date: 17 Apr 2018

Update on BEIS Local Energy Programme
As part of the Local Energy Programme, announced in the Government’s Clean Growth Strategy, BEIS has provided £4.8 million for the establishment of five Local Energy Hubs, which will each be hosted by a lead local authority as below:... (read more)
Date: 16 Apr 2018

NIA briefing event ALEO members’ rate
The National Insulation Association (NIA) is holding a special briefing event at the Jurys Inn Hinckley Island Hotel in Leicestershire on Thursday 26 April 2018 to update insulation companies on a number of key developments that will impact the in... (read more)
Date: 13 Apr 2018

Heat Networks Investment Project (HNIP)
On Wednesday 11 April 2018, BEIS announced details of its new Heat Networks Investment Project (HNIP) for consumers and non-domestic users such as hospitals, schools and council buildings.
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Date: 13 Apr 2018

Energy Industry Voluntary Redress Scheme Fund Announcement
The Energy Saving Trust have announced a new fund available through the Energy Industry Voluntary Redress Scheme.
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Date: 12 Apr 2018

Green Finance Taskforce Report
On 28 March 2018, the Government’s Green Finance Taskforce published a report titled Accelerating Green Finance.
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Date: 05 Apr 2018

Westminster Hall debate on energy efficiency and the Clean Growth Strategy
On Thursday 8 March, MPs held a general debate in Westminster Hall on energy efficiency and the Clean Growth Strategy.
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Date: 05 Apr 2018

Consultation on the Warm Home Discount Scheme
On 30 March 2018, BEIS published a consultation proposing a number of changes to the Warm Home Discount Scheme for winter 2018 to 2019, as well as the possibility of issuing regulations that would cover the scheme from 2020 to 2021.
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Date: 03 Apr 2018

BEIS ECO3 Consultation Published
The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) published its consultation on ECO3, the next phase of the Energy Company Obligation, on 30 March 2018.
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Date: 03 Apr 2018

Only four per cent of landlords aware of MEES regulation
Specialist insurance provider Just Landlords has found that only four per cent of nearly 500 landlords they surveyed were aware of the forthcoming Private Rented Sector (PRS) Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards regulations (MEES). Just three in te... (read more)
Date: 29 Mar 2018

Each Home Counts Framework Consultation Workshops
The draft Framework for the new Each Home Counts (EHC) Quality Mark is nearing completion and the EHC Implementation board is inviting trades, public and industry to a series of Presentation Workshops on the 9th, 10th and 11th of April 2018, in Lo... (read more)
Date: 20 Mar 2018

Fuel Poverty Action Report: Cladding and Insulation - A National Emergency
Fuel Poverty Action (FPA) has published a report on the state of cladding and insulation in the UK, saying that the problem “constitutes ​a national emergency, seriously impacting on thousands of families in the UK, and that central government s... (read more)
Date: 18 Mar 2018

UK carbon emissions now at 1890 levels
Provisional government statistics show that the UK’s carbon emissions have reached their lowest levels since the Victorian era, due mainly to the country’s reduced reliance on coal and the surge in renewable electricity generation. The figures sho... (read more)
Date: 09 Mar 2018

Ofgem proposes new regulatory framework for network companies
On 7 March 2018, Ofgem set out its proposals for a new regulatory framework, from 2021, which it expects will result in lower returns for energy network companies and significant savings for consumers.
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Date: 08 Mar 2018

Ofgem bans backbilling beyond 12 months
Ofgem has announced that, from the beginning of May, it will ban energy companies from backbilling customers for energy used more than 12 months ago. This will replace the existing voluntary agreement for suppliers not to backbill past 12 months, ... (read more)
Date: 08 Mar 2018

Questionnaire on Responsible Retrofit: rethinking quality
Sustainable Homes is soon to launch its latest report, Responsible retrofit: rethinking quality, focusing on the current state and perception of external wall insulation and energy efficiency in UK housing. This report will bring together insights... (read more)
Date: 01 Mar 2018

NEA comments on PRS landlord spending cap
National Energy Action (NEA) has commented on the Private Rented Sector (PRS) Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards (MEES) and the proposed landlord spending cap, which it says “risk being watered down by the Private Landlord lobby“.
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Date: 28 Feb 2018

Domestic Gas and Electricity (Tariff Cap) Bill
The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy has written an open letter to the Chief Executives of the ’Big 6’ energy companies to inform them that the Domestic Gas and Electricity (Tariff Cap) Bill will be introduced in the House o... (read more)
Date: 28 Feb 2018

BEIS Heat Network Lounge at Ecobuild on 6-8 March
The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy will be running a programme of activity on heat networks at ecobuild 2018, from Tuesday 6 March to Thursday 8 March.
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Date: 27 Feb 2018

Examples of EPC Data Uses
ALEO recently asked our members for examples of uses they have made of the Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) data that has been available online since early 2017 from the Open Data Communities website:
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Date: 27 Feb 2018

Cold Homes Toolkits
Citizens Advice in partnership with Cornwall Council have published toolkits to help local authorities and health trusts to tackle fuel poverty.
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Date: 27 Feb 2018

Fuel Poverty Awareness Day 2018
Friday, 23 March 2018 was Fuel Poverty Awareness Day and marked the final day of NEA’s Warm Homes Campaign 2018.
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Date: 26 Feb 2018

NEA and E3G Report: Cold Homes and Excess Winter Deaths - A Preventable Public Epidemic That Can No Longer Be Tolerated
On Fuel Poverty Awareness Day, 13 February 2018, NEA and E3G jointly published a new report titled Cold Homes and Excess Winter Deaths - A Preventable Public Epidemic That Can No Longer Be Tolerated.
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Date: 26 Feb 2018