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Greater Manchester making retrofit progress

Greater Manchester Energy Advice reports that over 1,000 energy efficiency measures have now been installed since the Greater Manchester Green Deal Framework was launched in June this year.

Greater Manchester Energy Advice (GMEA) reports that over 1,000 energy efficiency measures have now been installed since the Greater Manchester Green Deal Framework was launched in June this year.

GMEA has also reported a boost in interest since its ‘Little Bill’ campaign was launched at the end of August, with enquiries sent to one of Greater Manchester’s three Green Deal providers – Keepmoat Regeneration, Wates Living Space and Willmott Dixon – now close to hitting the 1,000 mark.  

National progress

At the national scale, the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC)’s monthly statistics show that nearly one million energy efficiency measures have now been installed through the Green Deal or Energy Company Obligation (ECO), the vast majority of which (97 per cent) were funded through ECO. 

There are some signs of growth in the Green Deal market, with nearly 6,000 households reported to have Green Deal Plans in progress at the end of September, a 21 per cent rise on August’s figure.

The Green Deal is also set to be boosted by a £100 million revival of the Green Deal Home Improvement Fund (GHIF), set to re-launch next month.

‘On track’

Commenting on the statistics, energy and climate change secretary, Ed Davey, said: “We’re aiming to make one million homes warmer and more energy efficient by March 2015 and we’re on track, with nearly 800,000 homes helped through ECO and the Green Deal by the end of August.”

However, Michael O’Doherty, assistant director at GMEA, warned against complacency.

‘Disappointing start’

“It’s an understatement to claim that the national Green Deal and ECO policy has had a disappointing start”, he said.

“There’s no doubt we are having to work harder to engage and persuade customers to install energy measures. Marketing and branding messages are key, as is our understanding of the market, our customers and the complex customer journey involved in retrofitting homes.”

O’Doherty pointed to the Greater Manchester Green Deal Communities fund as a key player for the near future, with up to £12,000 available to homeowners in certain areas who agree to install energy efficiency measures. 

Supply chain support

To help support the development of local energy efficiency supply chains, a number of events are taking place before the end of the year, led by the University of Salford’s Greater Manchester Retrofit Innovation Network.

The next event takes places on the 12 November.