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Deal or No Deal – Is the Green Deal for you?

26th October 2012



Heat loss from a typical house

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.

V.R.


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11th May 2012The Power of the Sun: A visit to the Solar Farm at Rhosygilwen
23rd March 2012Planting Green Thoughts: A talk by Jo Horsley, Environment Wales Development Officer
24th February 2012The Atlantic Array offshore wind farm: A talk by Robert Thornhill, Development Manager
2nd December 2011Pathfinder Progress: A talk by Peter Willis from the Welsh Government's Pathfinder Programme
4th November 2011The DeltaStream project: A talk by Chris Williams, Development Director of Tidal Energy Ltd.
30th September 2011How Green is my Valley?: A talk by Grenville Ham, Manager of The Green Valleys Project
23rd September 2011PSEEG's visit to Carew Mill with Marten Lewis of the Darwin Centre
5th August 2011The Manner of the Message: A talk by Neil Sefton on communication skills
24th June 2011The Work of the Darwin Centre: A talk by Marten Lewis, manager of the Darwin Centre
27th May 2011Electric Cars – The Road Ahead?: The talk by John Lilly of Dragon Electric Vehicles
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1st April 2011A Revolution in Wind Energy?: A talk by Vaughan Griffiths from Quietrevolution, Pembroke Dock
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13th November 2009Community Initiatives: Sustainable Wales leads by example
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