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Green Deal Energy Advisor National Occupational Standards

The Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) and the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) have commissioned Asset Skills to review and revise the National Occupational Standards (NOS) for the role of the Green Deal Energy Advisor. A questionnaire has been made available and responses are required by 14 October. For details visit website


BSI Consultation on PAS 2030

BSI has launched a consultation on PAS 2030 - Improving the energy efficiency of existing buildings – Specification for installation process, process management and service provision. The development of this PAS is being sponsored by the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC), with the intent that any measure installed under Green Deal will need to comply with this specification. The draft is now being issued for expert review and public comment. For details visit website
The closing date is the 24th October.


 
Consultation on the Warm Home Discount
As part of the spending review Government announced that energy suppliers would be required to spend £250 million in 2011/12 rising to £310 million by 2014/15 on providing assistance with energy costs for vulnerable consumers. The Government proposed this support would be delivered through Warm Home Discount and held a consultation exercise over December 2010-January 2011.
The Government Response to the consultation was published on 28 February 2011..more.

Another Successful North West Domestic Energy Alliance Conference held at Manchester University

"A Brave New World: shaping the future landscape" was the title of the 2011 NWDEA Conference on 9th March. The event was sponsored by British Gas with over 80 delegates attending. The keynote speech by Andy Clifford from DECC focused on the upcoming Green Deal and ECO initiatives. PDFs of the four main presentations can be found here.
Microgeneration strategy
consultation published
Following a collaborative consultation process the Government has published a consultation document on a Microgeneration Strategy (pdf 3Mb]. This consultation document explores a range of non-financial barriers that have the potential to prevent the microgeneration sector from realising its full potential. It summarises the issues, presents the evidence, makes specific proposals and seeks responses to a range of questions. The Government will aim to publish the final Microgeneration Strategy in Spring 2011. Consultation closes on March 16th 2011.

 
The Warm Front Scheme
eligibility criteria
The Government published on 21st March its response to the consultation on amending reference to the Warm Front Scheme eligibility criteria. After taking account of the responses to the consultation and supporting evidence, it has been decided that the Warm Front scheme eligibility will be determined using a set of income related benefits, mirroring those used to identify Cold Weather Payment recipients, as well as the introduction of a thermal efficiency test in relation to the applicant's property.
The Addressing Fuel Poverty section of the DECC website provides further detail about the Scheme.

SummitSkills: National Skills Academy for Environmental Technologies
SummitSkills has just completed its first stage of the National Skills Academy for Environmental Technologies North West England Hub selection process. The hubs will commence National Skills Academy for Environmental Technologies delivery in early 2011, after approval of the business plan by the Skills Funding Agency and the completion of the appropriate Academy Train the Trainer programme.

The development of the Academy in the region has been led through regional consultation and NWDEA North West Low Carbon Housing and Fuel Poverty Activity Plan for 2010-12.

The contacts for the initial three National Skills Academy for Environmental Technologies hubs, for the North West are indicated below:
• Lancashire led by Blackburn College. email
• Greater Merseyside and West Cheshire led by Liverpool Community College. email
• Greater Manchester and East Cheshire led by Trafford. email

Each hub will consist of a cluster of providers coordinated by the lead organisation, indicated above, including:

Further Education Colleges
Higher Education Universities including Further Education Colleges and other providers offering HE training
Commercial Training providers
Manufacturers
Employers


Warm Front eligibility consultation
This consultation seeks views on: Proposed changes to the Warm Front scheme eligibility criteria and how it is referred to in the Fuel Poverty Strategy, paragraph 4.51. The consultation is aimed at fuel poverty stakeholders, consumer groups and organisations representing the interests of households at risk of fuel poverty....pdf Consultation closes on February 9th 2011.
HELP DESIGN THE GREEN DEAL DEA CERT & CESP SURVEY
The Domestic Energy Alliance has been asked by DECC to conduct a survey of North West Local Authorities on their experiences of the CERT and CESP programmes.

DECC would like to identify what type of partnerships and activity has worked well in individual Local Authority areas, but also what barriers have hindered progress. In particular, DECC would like to understand the ‘nudges and triggers’ that have prompted uptake of the schemes. Findings from the survey will be used to inform development of new supplier obligations under the Green Deal.

All local Authorities are encouraged to complete the short questionnaire here and return to info@nwdea.org.uk by Wednesday 12th January, with ‘Low Carbon Survey’ in the subject heading.


Warm Front fully allocated
Energy and Climate Change Secretary Chris Huhne has announced that this year’s budget for Warm Front is fully allocated. From 15th December, the scheme will be unable to take new applications until the next financial year. Applicants who have already registered with Warm Front will not be affected. Around 76,000 heating and insulation jobs awaiting installation will be completed as far as possible by the end of March 2011. For further information click here and read EAGA’s Q&A document.

NEA North West Fuel Poverty Forum on 6th October 2010 at Bolton

Four PowerPoint Presentations

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NEA Policy Brief NW
Scottish Power NEA Fuel Poverty Forum
Tower Block Chills
NHS White Paper

EAGA Warm Front Update for June

The Warm Front dashboard for June is available for download..pdf.(1Mb). For further information contacts are: Clive Rushmore Cumbria and Lancashire 07961 080515 email and Ruth Campbell Greater Manchester, Cheshire And Merseyside 07740817587 email


 
NEA Annual Conference: Fuel Poverty, The Bigger Picture. 13-15th September 2010. The Adelphi Hotel, Liverpool
This year’s conference is sponsored by ScottishPower and supported by the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC). It will explore how tackling fuel poverty links to other Government agendas at a national and local level including health, jobs and skills, climate change, child poverty and general poverty and will look forward to the future of energy efficiency schemes post 2012 when the current schemes come to an end.
The four main sessions will cover:
• The Green Deal – debate on the future for energy efficiency and fuel poverty in a coalition Government,
• The way forward for energy efficiency – delivery, skills and financing for a low carbon future
• The unbelievable technical truth
• Tackling fuel poverty and health inequalities
There will also be a number of break-out sessions and interactive workshops.
The exhibition will showcase organisations whose products, initiatives and expertise are instrumental in finding successful solutions to tackle fuel poverty..
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Members will be receiving a full prospectus and registration details in early July. Should you wish to register your interest early contact claire.henderson@nea.org.uk
For further information on exhibition opportunities at this year’s conference contact brian.hart@nea.org.u
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Statistical Press Release
Energy Statistics
Energy Trends and Quarterly Energy Prices publications were published on 24th June by the Department of Energy and Climate Change. Energy Trends covers statistics on energy production and consumption, in total and by fuel, and provides an analysis of the year on year changes.
The June edition of Energy Trends also includes articles on: “Renewable energy in 2009”, and “Regional and local use of road transport fuels in 2008”.
Quarterly Energy Prices covers prices to domestic and industrial consumers, prices of oil products and comparisons of international fuel prices.
Statistical Press Release - Energy Statistics: 2010/072 contains the complete set of tables and information.


Annual NWDEA Conference
 
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The 2010 North West Domestic Energy Alliance Annual Conference on 25th March attracted over 100 delegates from local authorities, housing providers, and the health, community and third sectors.

Feedback from delegates has been very positive e.g. “Very useful and informative event. Thank you” with strong support for the delivery of the North West Low Carbon Housing and Fuel Poverty Activity Plan 2010-12, which was launched at the conference..pdf. (2Mb)

The NWDEA would like to thank the speakers in the main session and workshops. Their presentations are available here

A formal report of the conference, including contact details of exhibitors will be posted on the web-site shortly.


NEA research publications web-site
One of the functions of NEA’s research team is to develop and maintain a research database hosted on their website. The database contains a plethora of energy efficiency and fuel poverty related research reports from across sectors and disciplines. The research and information team monitor emerging research and add these to the database to broaden and extend NEA’s knowledge and awareness of current and past research and amongst other parties with an interest in the subject.

The research database provides an opportunity for users to explore previous research undertaken and as such can help to avoid duplication of effort, or to inform new studies and to develop new research questions.

The research team would like to encourage you to visit the research database and to let them know when you come across new research relevant to NEA’s agenda so that they can continue to add to the growing catalogue.

The on-line database can be accessed here


Career Map for Building
Services Engineering
SummitSkills has highlighted the importance of ensuring adequate qualifications and experience within the Environmental Technologies sector and has provided a clear Career Map and behind that, through the Good Day website www.goodday.org.uk, appropriate support material, which they are requesting all organisations providing advice about career routes to use... pdf

Sector Skills Council Alliance
Low Carbon Cluster Report
The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills White Paper New Industry, New Jobs published in April 2009 sets out the opportunities afforded by the forecast doubling of the world economy over the next few decades. The White Paper also specifically identifies six clusters as having particular potential for growth, one of which is? "low carbon industries, including low carbon vehicles”.

This particular report is the product of collaboration between 11 SSCs and one statutory industry training body that, between them, are responsible for much of the low carbon cluster... pd


NWDEA consultation workshops
The recent NWDEA consultation workshops around the north west were a great success. The two main presentations are reproduced here as pdf files. 1.Refresher...2.Join-the-dots

News and Events Archive
Low Carbon Communities Challenge
The Department for Energy and Climate Change (DECC) has launched the £10m Low Carbon Communities Challenge, a two-year programme to provide financial and advisory support to 20 ‘test-bed’ communities in England, Wales and Northern Ireland that are seeking to cut carbon emissions.

The findings from the Big Energy Shift public dialogue suggest that households could benefit significantly from joined-up ‘packages’ of support, delivered locally in the community, to help them reduce home energy consumption and make deep cuts in their carbon emissions.

All applicants are requested to register interest by 12 noon on Wednesday 28 October 2009 and let DECC know whether they intend to apply for capital funding within this financial year or the next....more


Energy Efficiency and Renewable
Energies in Social
and Low Income Housing
European Regional Development Fund in the North West are currently inviting Expressions of Interest for renewable energies and energy efficiency actions in housing projects under AA1-3.

In August 2009, the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) issued the guidance that measures should be directed at existing social housing as defined in Articles 68 – 70 of the Housing and Regeneration Act 2008.

It should be noted that DCLG have confirmed that private sector housing, as long as it serves low income households can also be included in ERDF ‘eligible’ activities.
The deadline for Expressions of Interest is 9 November 2009.....
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UK companies win contracts
to devise blueprint for low carbon
social housing refits
19 North West projects have won contracts to devise innovative plans for ‘low carbon refits' of existing low-rise social housing that will meet UK government target reductions in greenhouse gas emissions and energy use.

The £3.5m Retrofit for the Future competition, run by the government-backed Technology Strategy Board, will award contracts for each feasibility project, enabling the successful companies, to work with suppliers to devise solutions geared towards making deep cuts in the carbon emissions produced by social housing....more


UK Low Carbon Transition
Plan Published
The Government published the UK Low Carbon Transition Plan on 15th July 2009. Presented as a comprehensive plan to move the UK onto a permanent low carbon footing and to maximise economic opportunities, growth and jobs the Plan plots out how the UK will meet the cut in emissions set out in the budget of 34% on 1990 levels by 2020…more
 

Report of Heat and Energy Saving
Strategy Consultation Published

The report of responses to the Government consultation on the Heat and Energy Saving Strategy has been published. A total of 302 organisations and individuals responded to some or all of the 29 questions in the consultation. The Government is drawing on these responses in developing the Heat and Energy Saving Strategy, and will publish further proposals later in the year. ...more


Government Response to CESP
Consultation Published

The Government has published a document summarising the responses to the consultation and setting out its planned next steps on the design of the Community Energy Saving Programme (CESP). The document provides the framework to further develop the programme and the NWDEA is working to ensure that local authorities and RSLs are fully aware of the opportunities offered and requirements of the programme...more


Government Response to CERT
Consultation Published

The Government has published a summary of consultation responses and Government response to proposed Carbon Emission Reduction Target (CERT) amendments. The document provides the framework to further develop the programme and the NWDEA is working to ensure that local authorities and RSLs are fully aware of the opportunities offered and requirements of the programmes...more


£83.8m of additional funding
available to help social landlords
To insulate hard to treat cavity walls that would not otherwise be filled under the Decent Homes programme...more
Government Consultations Closed
The closing dates for responding to the Government’s proposals on the Heat and Energy Saving Strategy (HES), Design of the Community Energy Saving Programme (CESP) and 20% increase to the Carbon Emission Reduction Target (CERT) have passed. The documents have been kept in the consultation section on this site for ease of access while we await the Government’s response...more
New NWDEA Workplan
for 2009-10 confirmed
The workplan for the North West Domestic Energy Alliance (NWDEA) for 2009-10 includes a broad range of activities to deliver against the current 3-year activity plan including a series of regional consultation workshops in September 2009 aimed at gathering stakeholders contribution to the refresh of the NWDEA 3 year activity plan, delivery of a number of site visits to example sites for technologies or processes, and the 4th annual conference in March 2010. The full workplan will be posted on this site during June 09.
New NWDEA Workplan
for 2009-10 confirmed
The workplan for the North West Domestic Energy Alliance (NWDEA) for 2009-10 includes a broad range of activities to deliver against the current 3-year activity plan including a series of regional consultation workshops in September 2009 aimed at gathering stakeholders contribution to the refresh of the NWDEA 3 year activity plan, delivery of a number of site visits to example sites for technologies or processes, and the 4th annual conference in March 2010. The full workplan will be posted on this site during June 09.
Budget 2009 Implications for
Domestic Energy
The Government has announced over £1.4 billion additional targeted support for the low-carbon sector...more
Another Succesful Domestic Energy Alliance Conference in Blackpool
The North West Domestic Energy Alliance conference "Action Not Words" took place on Tuesday 4th March 2008 at the Hilton Blackpool with over 120 delegates attending...more...pics.
NEA call for
urgent Government action
Thousands more households will be plunged into fuel poverty following recent gas and electricity price rises from three major suppliers. NEA (National Energy Action) call for a universal obligatory ‘social tariff’ for vulnerable consumers.....more
Delivering Sustainable Housing
in the North West

Over 40 delegates attended a joint event hosted by the Domestic Energy Alliance and the North West Regional Assembly on January 10th The event provided an introduction to the Code for Sustainable Homes and an overview of the challenge of achieving low carbon housing on the North West. For details of presentations go to HousingNorthwest. For examples view our Sustainable Housing Case Studies.


EST Announce Funding for Development of Energy Saving Trust Advice Centre (ESTAC) in North West England

Recognising the commitment of regional bodies and stakeholders in the north West to reducing carbon emissions from the household sector the Energy Saving Trust has announced an acceleration of its national ESTAC roll-out and is inviting appropriate organisations to tender for the contract to deliver the 3 EST Advice Centres in the region..tender


See also the DEA's ideal model document Sustainable Energy Network in the North West. Download as a pdf (300k)

The UK Government’s Comprehensive
Spending Review

was announced by the Chancellor of the Exchequer, Alastair Darling, on October 9th. It includes a re-statement of support for a range of existing national schemes aimed at reducing carbon emissions and fuel poverty together with funding to programmes such as the Environmental Transformation Fund..more


Home Energy Conservation Act Review

DEFRA has launched a consultation on the Review of the Home Energy Conservation Act 1995. It has undertaken a review of HECA, as implemented in England, to assess its continued success in delivering improvements in energy efficiency in the household sector over the past ten years. The Review also considers options for the future of HECA. The closing date for the consultation is 3rd January 2008..more


Microgeneration Workshops in the North West
This autumn The DEA has been running several very successful workshops around the North West on microgeneration technology...more

Sustainable Energy Network Document launched

The Domestic Energy Alliance has launched a new document detailing the ideal model for a Sustainable Energy Network in the North West. Download as a pdf (300k)


The North West's Activity Plan for 2007-9
The Domestic Energy Alliance's Low Carbon Housing and Fuel poverty Activity Plan, designed to encourage the regions stakeholders to acheive their targets....pdf (1.3Mb)
conference 07 Blackpool Conference a great success!
Over a hundred delegates from around the North West attended the second North West Domestic Energy Alliance Conference on 6th March 2007, entitled “Climate Change Begins at Home” ….more

North West Domestic Energy Alliance
Presentation files from the Blackpool Conference 6 March 2006

 

 

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