We received an update from DECC about the progress being made on the Green Deal and wanted to share it with all our Mayday Members:
"We're now expecting that we get Royal Assent for the Energy Bill, including the primary legislation for the Green Deal and Energy Company Obligation, early in the autumn. I do not expect this will make any change to our plan to bring in the Green Deal in October 2012. It also remains our intention to consult on secondary regulations in the autumn, and I encourage you to write to us during this process with your views".
Greg Barker, DECC Minister
Moving forward on legislation and consultation
The legislation setting out the framework for the Green Deal and Energy Company Obligation (ECO) has continued its passage through Parliament and has now completed the Committee stage, which saw line by line scrutiny of the Energy Bill and Green Deal. All parties agreed they wanted to see the Green Deal be a success, although naturally there was a range of views about how exactly this should be achieved.
The next stage is Third Reading and Report, then into the Lords and finally Royal Assent. Following this, we intend to consult with you in the autumn on a range of secondary legislation which will set out the detail of how the Green Deal and ECO will operate.
Listening to stakeholders
The Minister of State, Gregory Barker has met with a range of stakeholders to discuss progress and next steps. These have included senior representatives from the likely new entrants to the Green Deal market - including Kingfisher, Birmingham City Council, Travis Perkins, Carillion and Marks and Spencer.
The Minister also met with a range of senior representatives from the Social Housing Sector, and enjoyed the opportunity for open dialogue on the opportunities presented by the Green Deal.
It's vital that consumers have confidence in the Green Deal. Over the summer we will further develop our approach with the Energy Ombudsman Service, the Financial Ombudsman Service, Ofgem and the Office of Fair Trading (OFT) to ensure the consumer protection framework is robust and sufficient to protect all consumers.
Developing Green Deal Finance
We are in the process of commissioning expert advice on assessing the fraud risk in the Green Deal and ECO. We launched an invitation to tender for assessing this risk at the end of July and plan to have consultants appointed by the end of summer with a report requested during the autumn. This will be used for guidance for commercial parties, helping us to ensure we are on the right lines and provide financial assurance to interested parties.
Green Deal, the ECO and the Prime Minister
In July the Secretary of State presented the Green Deal and ECO policy to senior Ministerial colleagues, including the Prime Minister, Deputy Prime Minister, Chief Secretary to the Treasury and engaged in a discussion about progress to date and next steps. The session also heard from external stakeholders.
Upcoming meetings and events
Loft Insulation Working Group 27 July
Chairman's Advisory Group 27 July
Green Deal Advice Qualification and Accreditation Forum 3 August
Capacity and Innovation Forum 3 August
Installer Accreditation and Qualification Forum 15 August
Green Deal Programme Board 16 August
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