The government will tackle fuel poverty with a new energy efficiency scheme, including a supplier obligation costing around £640 million, energy minister Lord Bourne told MPs today. Bourne, under-secretary of state for the Department of Energy and Climate Change (Decc), said that energy efficiency measures in the wake of the Green Deal and ECO would be “centric to fuel poverty.” He told a meeting of the Energy and Climate Change committee that detailed plans for a single scheme to replace the Green Deal and ECO would not be set out until 2018, with a focus on “how we recast ECO”. He did not comment on how more affluent householders would be encouraged to improve energy efficiency – a key aim of the now defunct Green Deal. Bourne said once ECO comes to a close in 2017, there will be a transitional year before an announcement about how it will be carried on, “likely by spring” the following year.
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Families could be offered discounts on stamp duty or council tax if they agree to insulate their homes, under plans being considered by the Government. Lord Bourne of Aberystwyth, the energy minister, revealed that ministers were considering incentives that could be offered to households to carry out energy-efficient home improvements, following the failure of the flagship Green Deal loan scheme.
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