Gemserv submission to BEIS Energy Efficiency Inquiry
Published On: 21st January 2019
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We welcome this Inquiry as an acknowledgement that further action could be taken to upgrade the energy efficiency of fuel-poor homes and drive demand for energy efficiency measures within the able to pay sector, ultimately in order to reach the Carbon Budgets.
Gemserv is, and has been, integral to the operation of many Government and industry led energy efficiency and renewable energy programmes, including the Microgeneration Certification Scheme (MCS), the Green Deal and the Biomass Suppliers List (BSL), which supports the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI). We also administer the Master Registration Agreement (MRA), which underpins the electricity market, the Smart Energy Code (SEC), the Alternative Home Area Network (Alt HAN), and the Smart Metering Device Assurance (SMDA) scheme within the smart metering sector. Through these roles, we have seen the energy efficiency market evolve and change, based on different Government policies, public opinion and awareness, and industry confidence and competence.
We have listed below the key points we would like to highlight from our response:
Improving energy efficiency does not need significant upfront payments. To support consumer take-up of energy efficiency measures, there should be a suite of financial mechanisms and/or schemes in place for consumers to make an easy and informed choice between affordable options;
Incentive mechanisms are not joined up across the whole of the consumer market, with segments like the able to pay sector insufficiently incentivised to invest in energy efficiency measures. Financial mechanisms and schemes should be tailored to cover all consumer segments; and
Energy efficiency should be considered a national infrastructure priority, with a detailed Route Map to delivering Carbon Budgets and those targets set out elsewhere in policy, e.g. Clean Growth Strategy.
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