Gemserv welcomes the opportunity to respond to this consultation and thanks the Utility Regulator’s Office for consulting on the review of the Northern Ireland Sustainable Energy Programme (NISEP) for improvement.
• The measures that should be supported include connected smart home technologies, commercial incentives for energy suppliers and fabric efficiency analyses for different property types to highlight optimisation opportunities.
• Self-funding programmes and pay-as-you-save mechanisms are potential methods for securing future financial support, however, how support should be funded depends on the focus of the scheme.
• Energy efficiency schemes should not incentivise one solution over another without considering wider impacts and good governance is required to ensure the success of future support for energy efficiency.
• NISEP should be looking to deploy low-carbon solutions from 2022, to achieve decarbonisation aims.
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