Monthly Archives: August 2012

Green Deal & ECO to Fight UK Fuel Poverty Crisis

Key players from across the sustainable energy industry will be gathering in York on the 21st September 2012 to attend NEA’s annual Fuel Poverty Forum.

The event, held at York Medical Society will be focussing on Green Deal and ECO (Energy Company Obligation) policy and will demonstrate how both schemes will attempt to aid fuel poor communities across the country.

Emma Kovaleski, Manager of the CEO’s Office at Yorkshire Energy Services will be speaking at the event and offering delegates’ insight into the Government’s Green Deal and ECO strategies. As one of the pioneer Green Deal Providers, Yorkshire Energy Services have been directly involved in the pilot programme and aims to offer support to small to medium sized enterprises (SME’s) wishing to join their Green Deal network.

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SSE Fronts Energy Price Hike

Cavity Wall InstallerThe UK’s second largest energy supplier, SSE plans to increase its rates by 9% in October 2012. Householders from across the country fear the domino effect as other major utilities review their tariffs.

SSE’s charge will add a further £8.53 a month to the average customer’s direct debit. If the rest of the ‘big six’ energy suppliers follow suite, thousands of families will feel the squeeze in time for yet another cold winter.

It’s no surprise that rising energy costs directly effects England’s most vulnerable. There are still thousands of householders living in the grips of fuel poverty and making critical sacrifices as they strive to keep warm in their homes.

Having worked within a multitude of fuel poor communities, energy efficiency consultancy, YES Projects is doing everything it can to help vulnerable householders combat rising fuel costs. In March 2011 the company launched a national free home insulation scheme, available to all homeowners and private renting tenants in England (subject to survey). Already hundreds of residents have benefited from the scheme and have reduced their energy usage.

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YES Projects to deliver ‘exemplar’ Green Deal service

Yorkshire Energy Services has been selected by the Green Deal Skills Alliance (GDSA) as one of six ‘Green Deal skills’ exemplars. Made up of the three skills councils, AssetSkills, CITB-ConstructionSkills and SummitSkills, the GDSA set out to highlight best practice in the sector, demonstrating how organisations can train and prepare their workforce for the Green Deal making sure that there are no skills shortages when Green Deal and ECO roll out.

This accolade comes in response to the workforce development plan submitted by Yorkshire Energy Services. This details the company’s preparations for the Government’s forthcoming home energy efficiency scheme; their strategic approach being to develop supply chain opportunities for local small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) to compete on an equal footing with larger contractors and delivery agents.

Yorkshire Energy Services’ subsidiary company, YES Projects will be responsible for delivering these objectives. Working with private homeowners, landlords and small businesses YES Projects aims to positively influence the growth of the green sector at a local level and to provide access to the Green Deal for Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) at a national level.

Steve Housden, CITB-ConstructionSkills Sector Strategy Manager, said: “The Green Deal is expected to result in thousands of new jobs in the construction sector. It is therefore vital that SME firms, as well as larger contractors, prepare now and develop new skills to ensure they avoid losing out. With the support and expertise of companies like Yorkshire Energy Services we hope we can get more construction contractors thinking about the challenges and opportunities presented by green building and technologies.”

Emma Kovaleski, Manager to the CEO’s Office at Yorkshire Energy Services, said: “We are extremely proud to have been asked by the GDSA to become a Green Deal exemplar, helping to grow green skills in the workforce. By sharing our knowledge with the wider sector, we hope companies of all sizes will see the importance of developing this area of their work. By working closely with the other exemplar organisations, as well as the GDSA, we hope to play a major role in supporting the development of best practice guidance, which will help to accelerate the development of green skills for the future.”

For more information about the Green Deal and how YES Projects are getting involved, contact YES Projects on 0800 052 7496 or register your interest online.