|A thermal image of heat loss from an unlagged house|
Deal or No Deal – Is the Green Deal for you?
The perilous state of the energy supply industry in the Uk was highlighted when William Silverstone of Silverstone Green Energy addressed the October meeting of Pembrokeshire South East Energy Group.
Twenty percent of the current generation capacity, he said, was due to close within the next ten years. There was an urgent need for plans to conserve our energy use.
As legally enforceable reductions of CO2 levels were now in place, environmentally friendly sources of electricity will be needed. Electric cars will become the norm and these will significantly increase the demand for electricity.
The UK had the oldest housing stock in Europe with 86% not up to standard. This means that heat put into buildings rapidly escaped through badly insulated walls, windows and roofs. There were a high proportion of ‘hard-to-treat’ walls in Wales and these could be dealt with by either external or internal insulation.
To ameliorate this potentially disastrous situation, said William, the Government was about to introduce ‘The Green Deal’. The process will contain three stages – Assessor/Advisor, Provider and Installer. The Assessor will visit the property and carry out an Energy Performance inspection. This will then involve looking at the lifestyle of the home owner, discussing the options available and predicting energy savings to decide the work to be carried out. William stressed that the advisor should be totally independent and only work in the interest of the householder. The Provider will be responsible for producing the agreed package and arranging the finance. He will also be the guarantor of the installation and so it is important to choose a firm that has a proven record and will still be around for many years. The Installer(s) will be organised by the provider. A reputable provider will use trusted ones.
Though various caveats apply, the Government’s ‘Golden Rule’ states that the savings must be greater than the repayment costs of the finance package.
The loan will be set against the property and not the householder. The repayments will be added to the energy bills – the incidence of default on these has been calculated at less than two percent.
The £8.3 billion fund for the scheme will be privately funded and therefore interest rates will reflect the market rates (currently 7-8%).
The scheme will also be available to people who rent property – whether private or public – but the deal is done with the owner. Local authorities could also be involved.
The current intention, said William, was that the first Green Deal plans could be lodged on the 28th January 2013 although people could register an interest beforehand.
William was thanked for his interesting and informative talk by the Chair. Members of the Group would be keeping a close watch on future developments.
|28th September 2012||A Fair Wind?: A talk by Steve Hack of Seren Energy on PSEEG's renewable energy project|
|14th September 2012||Not a Waste of Time: a visit to Withyhedges Landfill and recycling centre|
|29th June 2012||The Need for a More Sustainable Future: A talk by Geraldine Leach of Transition Narberth|
|1st June 2012||Know your Flood Risk: A talk by Andy Irving, Flood Risk Management Team Leader|
|11th May 2012||The Power of the Sun: A visit to the Solar Farm at Rhosygilwen|
|23rd March 2012||Planting Green Thoughts: A talk by Jo Horsley, Environment Wales Development Officer|
|24th February 2012||The Atlantic Array offshore wind farm: A talk by Robert Thornhill, Development Manager|
|2nd December 2011||Pathfinder Progress: A talk by Peter Willis from the Welsh Government's Pathfinder Programme|
|4th November 2011||The DeltaStream project: A talk by Chris Williams, Development Director of Tidal Energy Ltd.|
|30th September 2011||How Green is my Valley?: A talk by Grenville Ham, Manager of The Green Valleys Project|
|23rd September 2011||PSEEG's visit to Carew Mill with Marten Lewis of the Darwin Centre|
|5th August 2011||The Manner of the Message: A talk by Neil Sefton on communication skills|
|24th June 2011||The Work of the Darwin Centre: A talk by Marten Lewis, manager of the Darwin Centre|
|27th May 2011||Electric Cars – The Road Ahead?: The talk by John Lilly of Dragon Electric Vehicles|
|13th May 2011||Are electric cars the way forward?: A talk by John Lilly of Dragon Electric Vehicles|
|22nd April 2011||Sustainability in Action: A visit to the Science & Technology Park (Technium) in Pembroke Dock|
|1st April 2011||A Revolution in Wind Energy?: A talk by Vaughan Griffiths from Quietrevolution, Pembroke Dock|
|25th February 2011||Preparing for Floods: A talk by Richard Wickes of the Environment Agency|
|14th January 2011||The Way Forward for Wind?: A talk by Steve Hack of Seren Energy|
|12th November 2010||How Green is your Castle?: The National Trust & Global Warming|
|15th October 2010||Challenge of the Rising Sea: The effects on the Pembrokeshire coastline|
|10th August 2010||The beautiful Welsh coastline: Response to possible rising sea levels|
|18th June 2010||Visit to Costain at Canaston Bridge: Not Costing the Earth|
|16th April 2010||Feed in Tariffs: Power to the People|
|12th March 2010||Heat Pumps & Photo Voltaic Panels: Prepare for the Goodlife|
|12th February 2010||Parliamentary Candiates at Green Question Time in Saundersfoot|
|15th January 2010||Weather & Climate: A Question of Energy|
|4th December 2009||Sustainable Community Ventures: Regeneration in Pembrokeshire|
|13th November 2009||Community Initiatives: Sustainable Wales leads by example|
|16th October 2009||Climate Change Challenge for Candidates & Micro-generation with wind turbines|
|2nd October 2009||A Visit to Castle Pill Wind Farm: Quiet blows the wind|
|11th September 2009||Renewable Sustainable Energy: An Energy Survey for South East Pembrokeshire|
|10th July 2009||A talk by Lorraine Dallmeier of Infinergy: Wind Power - Pembrokeshire's Potential|
|12th June 2009||St. Oswald's, Jeffreyston - Pembrokeshire's Beacon of Sustainability|
|24th April 2009||Solar Panels: Three Cheers for Sunny Pembrokeshire|
|13th March 2009||Ashton Hayes Community Energy Reduction & Hot Water From the Sun|
|13th February 2009||Could Pembrokeshire go carbon neutral?|
|14th November 2008||Environment Wales to provide 'Start-Up' Funding for PSEEG|
|17th October 2008||PSEEG to become a Registered Charity|