What is said to be ‘a significant milestone’ in the Green Deal/ECO process is the secondary legislation which has now passed through the House of Commons. The next stage is for it to go before the House on Lords later this month.
It fits ‘exactly’ with the DECC objective of a Green Deal that provides ‘an excellent customer experience from the start and a market where a range of new players can readily participate.’
The completed Green Deal and ECO Framework will allow the market to come into existence – though it will of course be up to companies to decide when and how to enter. DECC will continue to work with delivery partners to start the Green Deal with an early period of focussed testing which will build into a national roll out.
From October, Green Deal assessors will be able to complete assessments and providers will be able use the assessment to issue quotes so consumers will be ready to complete a Green Deal plan at the end of January, when the relevant parts of the framework regulations come into effect.
Green Deal authorised installers will be able to complete work for consumers prior to the end of January if paid for upfront or wholly supported by the Energy Company Obligation. We expect the number of offers available to build from there as more providers enter the market.
More information: www.decc.gov.uk/