Using powers under the Home Energy Conservation Act 1995, the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change requires all English authorities to have prepared a report by the 31 March 2013 setting out the energy conservation measures that the authority considers practicable, cost effective and likely to result in significant improvement in the energy efficiency of residential accommodation in its area.
This further report published in March 2017 (see right) will update on the progress made since the last published report in March 2015 and will outline the aims and essential targets for the future.
We will submit further update reports at two yearly intervals up to and including the 31 March 2027. This report has been approved and signed by the Chief Executive.
The Act recognises the key role local authorities play in improving energy efficiency of the residential accommodation in their area. This is a collaborative report that has been produced in consultation with colleagues across the council including the Environment Strategy Team, Housing Programmes Team and Strategic Resources.
The Energy Company Obligation (ECO) requires large energy companies to help improve the energy efficiency of domestic homes by discounting the cost of improvement works. This applies to certain households who are struggling to pay their energy bills and are defined as being in fuel poverty. The Government has now given Local Authorities the ability to identify vulnerable households in their areas which could benefit from these improvements. The new scheme is called ECO Flexible Eligibility.
Peterborough City and Rutland County Councils have jointly published criteria, in a Statement of Intent, enabling them to identify households that would benefit from such improvements under ECO flex. Improvements are often fully funded where the household meets particular criteria and is at risk of fuel poverty.