Cutting the Confusion out of ECO & Green Deal – A simple guide for Local Authorities

February 24th, 2015

Energy efficiency experts, YES Energy Solutions and APSE have developed a handy ‘how to’ guide for Local Authorities to learn about the benefits of introducing ECO and Green Deal initiatives.

ECO and Green Deal GuideIt’s fair to say that ECO and Green Deal have become something of a minefield since their launch in 2013. There has been a lot of noise made about these flagship Government initiatives, but do Local Authorities really know what they are all about and how they could use them to cut CO2 and reduce fuel poverty?

YES Energy Solutions have a rich history of Local Authority collaborations and were amongst the first industry pioneers to work under the ECO and Green Deal framework. They are keen to share their knowledge and experience and help Local Authorities take full advantage of the energy saving opportunities from these key Government policies.

The main purpose of the Guide is to strip down all the confusing technical jargon and simply explain how ECO and Green Deal work, what each scheme is trying to achieve and how Local Authorities can get involved.

The Guide, titled – ‘What is ECO and Green Deal’, provides information on the ECO funding criteria, the full scope of the Green Deal supply chain and how initial property assessments influence how much funding is available to householders.

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ECO Funding – Limited Opportunity

February 23rd, 2015

YES Energy Solutions has ECO funding available for new installer partners.

If you are a member of our Green Deal Installer Hub network, then you have an opportunity to tender for CERO, CSCO and HHCRO funding for your forthcoming projects.

To find out how you can get involved follow the link below:

YES Energy Solutions – ECO Funding Opportunity

Jan 2015 Installer News

January 23rd, 2015

We’ve just published our latest e-shot for our installer network covering the latest Green Deal and ECO news.

Installer-with-ECO-CardIn this January 2015 edition, we cover: the Energy Minister’s latest warning regarding bogus marketing techniques, a brand new fuel poverty report and how the salary details of the CEO of the recently bailed out Green Deal Finance Company has sparked outrage amongst campaigners.

If you’re an installer looking for advice, training or funding opportunities, visit:
www.greendealinstallerhub.co.uk

Jan 2015 E-Shot:-

Government Warning Over Green Deal Mis-selling
Government officials raise concerns over bogus marketing claims that are damaging the repetition of the Green Deal scheme.

The Fundamentals of Fuel Poverty Exposed
The UK think tank, Policy Exchange has published a new report which suggests that the national fuel poverty crisis is far more complicated than people realise.

Campaigners Criticise Salary Boost for Green Deal Finance Boss
Key industry campaigners have expressed their frustration after the head of The Green Deal Finance Company (TGDFC) was awarded with a ‘banker-style’ salary, despite the firm being bailed out by Government after facing liquidation.

ECO Guide for Local Authorities
YES Energy Solutions, manager of Green Deal Installer Hub, is working proactively with Local Authorities to try and encourage the uptake of ECO funded projects.

Government Support for Independent Energy Companies
The Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) have been working with Ofgem, the industry regulator, to make it easier for new Energy Providers to enter the market.

Asbestos Protocol Breach
A businessman was fined £8,000 for not using licenced contractors to remove asbestos from a unit in North Wales.

 

Making 5,000 Homes More Energy Efficient

January 16th, 2015

Find out how YES Energy Solutions have helped retro-fit over 5,000 homes, facilitate over 6,000 energy saving measures and saved 253,706 tonnes of CO2 during 2013-14.

We have just published our latest CIC Report which showcases all the projects and partnerships we were involved in during the last financial year. See how our critical work has helped improve the look and feel of some of the most deprived communities in the country and helped thousands of householders save energy and reduce their fuel bills.
CIC Report 13-14
Activity covered in this report includes:

•   Help to Heat Gas Connections
•   Funded Partner Network
•   West Yorkshire Green Deal Demonstrators
•   Insulate Hampshire Plus
•   Energy Help Loan
•   South Kesteven Insulation Scheme
•   Green Deal Cashback
•   Green Skills Exemplar
•   The BIG Energy Upgrade

Download the YES CIC Report 2013-14

Visit our Company Report Archive

Find out more about our social mission and drive for sustainable energy at: www.yesenergysolutions.co.uk

 

 

Industry Update for Installers DEC 2014

December 18th, 2014

Xmas GDIHFollow the links below for the latest energy efficiency news and views for Green Deal Installers.

At YES Energy Solutions, we send out a monthly update to our installer network ‘Green Deal Installer Hub’ covering the latest policy announcements, project and events.

If you’re an installer looking to develop your skills in line with Green Deal and ECO: Join the Hub

Read our latest articles:

Green Deal Installer Hub: E-Shot DEC 2014

GDHIF Phase 2 – Going, Going, Gone
The latest funding stream for external solid wall insulation was fully allocated in just over 24 hours of the re-launch of the Government’s Green Deal Home Improvement Fund (GDHIF).

Bad News for Energy Companies – Good News for Fuel Poor Schemes
In the last few weeks Ofgem have fined energy suppliers and generators almost £55m for failure to meet their previous Community Energy Saving Programme (CESP) targets. The money accumulated will be used to fund a range of projects that support the energy needs of the most vulnerable households.

ECO Toolkit to Aid Installers
The industry regulators, Ofgem have released a new toolkit to help installers keep up to date with the latest modifications and updates to the Energy Company Obligation (ECO) scheme.

Have Your Say: New ECO 2 Consultation
Installers have an opportunity to make suggestions to how elements of the next phase of the Energy Company Obligation (ECO) Scheme will be administered by regulators.

Hull Green Deal – Opportunities for Installers
A £60m programme, designed to improve the energy efficiency standards of properties in Hull, aims to utilise local contractors to carry out installation work.

E.ON First of the Big Six to Meet ECO Targets
In early December E.ON became the first of the Big Six Energy Companies to announce that they had met their Energy Company Obligation (ECO) targets, three months ahead of the March 2015 deadline.

The Past Six Months…

December 5th, 2014

YES Energy Solutions has just published the YES December 2014 Newsletter showcasing our latest schemes, partnerships, events and services.

Over the last six months we have rebranded our ground, saved more tonnes of carbon than the combined weight of 6,000 African elephants, and worked creatively with several proactive organisations to implement innovative energy saving schemes across the country.

YES IconTop stories:

The New Face of YES
Carbon Cutters
Working with Wates
Leeds City Region Green Deal
Park Home Conservation – a New Priority

Read the full newsletter here: YES News Dec 2014

Saving Energy with EWI

December 2nd, 2014

The ClarksNorman and Irene Clark from Cleckheaton were delighted with the look and feel of their home since they invested in external solid wall insulation.

‘As soon as I received the leaflet from YES Energy Solutions I rang up straight away and the response was immediate’ explained Norman.

‘Since the wall were done our house feels so much warmer. Our heating’s not on as long and the rooms just feels cosier. We could tell the difference as soon as they put the board on, even before they applied the top coat. It just keeps the heat inside the house.’

‘Our bills have come down to around £69 a month now and that partially down to the wall insulation!’

Read the rest of the is customer case study

For more information about the benefits of external solid wall insulation contact 0800 952 0036 or visit: http://www.yesenergysolutions.co.uk/solid-wall-insulation.html

Major Energy Saving Scheme Calls On SMEs

November 28th, 2014

Installer-with-hard-hatSmall to medium sized installer organisations from Yorkshire will get the chance to join a major Government backed scheme which aims to improve the energy efficiency standards of over 28,000 homes across 10 Local Authority areas.

The Leeds City Region Green Deal is the latest scheme to help householders save energy through insulation, heating and renewable energy upgrades.

Funded through Energy Providers with Local Government backing, the scheme plans to create over 200 new jobs throughout the next three years. It is anticipated that 75% of the installations carried out on the programme will be undertaken by smaller installers.

Construction & Housing Yorkshire is working in partnership with YES Energy Solutions to help identify potential contractors to work on the scheme.

Local installers within the Leeds City Region can express their interest in joining the supply chain by registering their details on our Green Deal Installer Hub website: http://www.greendealinstallerhub.co.uk/leeds_city_region_green_deal.html

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Green Deal Installer Hub E-Shot Nov 2014

November 20th, 2014

Our November E-shot is out covering the latest news and views from the installer sector.

This month we look at: Ofgem’s new CSCO mapping tool, the latest proposal from the Energy Bill Revolution campaign and the potential fines Energy Companies could face for falling to deliver against their old CERT and CESP targets.

 

Green Deal Installer Hub
E-Shot Nov 2014

New Website to Identify CSCO Areas
Ofgem, the regulators of the Energy Company Obligation (ECO) have launched a free online tool designed to aid installations of energy efficiency measures under the Carbon Savings Community Obligation (CSCO).
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Green Crap Saves Householders £90 a Year – But Should It Be More?
Following David Cameron’s supposed comment about ‘cutting the green crap’ from energy bills, new data suggest that green policies have actually helped to reduce householder bills considerably.
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New energy efficiency investment would save UK households £4.95 billion a year
“Building the Future”, a new report published by The Energy Bill Revolution campaign, has piled pressure on Ministers to act to fix Britain’s badly insulated homes.
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Energy Companies to Face Fines for CERT & CESP Failures
The Telegraph has reported that the industry regulator Ofgem is preparing to fine major Energy Companies for their failure to meet their obligations under the CERT and CESP schemes that preceded ECO and Green Deal.
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YES Rebranded
Yorkshire Energy Services, the Provider behind Green Deal Installer Hub, will now be trading as YES Energy Solutions.
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For more information about Green Deal Installer Hub visit: www.greendealinstallerhub.co.uk 

Phase 2 of GDHIF – But is this just a reinvestment of funds?

November 11th, 2014

The Government’s Green Deal Home Improvement Fund (GDHIF) is to be re-launched in November with an additional £100m. But is this money simply a reinvestment of funds from past initiatives?

The popular cashback incentive for energy saving measures saw are surge of applications before shutting early in July. But will all of these installations actually happen?

Jos Mister of YES Energy Solutions investigates what’s really happening with GDHIF and how imminent voucher deadlines could be the lifeline for the next phase of the programme.

To read the full article visit: http://www.yesenergysolutions.co.uk/48,news,gdhif-round-two-is-it-really-new-money.html