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Budget's green deal promises insulation jobs

Tens of thousand of jobs are to be created in the insulation market promises the government's green deal announced in Chancellor George Osborne's budget.
In his budget on June 22, the chancellor announced the coalition government will help households invest in home energy efficiency improvements by establishing a green deal through legislation in the Energy Security and Green Economy Bill.

The government expects that householders will be able to access the finance in late 2012 and 14 million homes could benefit from the deal.

Predominently, the deal hands a business boost to the insulation market but microgeneration technologies could also stand to benefit post-2012.

The government is talking to the National Insulation Association (NIA) to work out the skills standards criteria required of installers carring out the work.

To finance the deal, the government is also in talks with the private sector, specifically the retailers B&Q, Tesco, Marks & Spencer and Virgin to encourage them to seize the marketing opportunity and sign up.

Although details of the green deal are yet to be thrashed out by the coalition government with a conservative manifesto pledge promising every household the right to have home energy efficiency improvements of up to £6,500 in value but the Liberal Democrats hoping for up to £10,000.

The bill is expected to be established towards the end of 2010 which it is hoped will attach green deal finance to energy metering in the home.

David Cameron said in December 2009 that the Conservatives, if elected to government , would kick start £20bn of investment to help improve the energy efficiency of millions of homes across the UK.

At the time, Cameron said Boris Johnson the mayor of London and 14 local UK councils, covering more than 3 million homes would sign up to trial the scheme, should he be elected to power.

SIG Energy Management, a £70 million business which supplies small scale micro generation systems and carbon reduction products to homeowners, businesses and the construction sector has welcomed the green deal.

Paul Roche, commercial director at SIG Energy Management said: 'The green deal could be a strong package to give the green economy the opportunity to grow, continue to lower the capital costs of green technologies and create highly skilled green jobs in the UK. Combined with the Feed in Tariff, introduced in April 2010, which offers individuals who purchase photovoltaic (PV) panels up to 41.6pence/kWh, the solar energy sector could benefit from the green deal.'

Renewable Heat Incentive

Roche added: 'However, it is vital that key other policy areas are now addressed to help us tackle climate change and lower energy bills. The Renewable Heat Incentive's (RHI) implementation is urgent. This scheme will provide financial support for those who install renewable heating, which qualifies under the scheme'.

A spokesman for DECC said the government in relation to the implementation of the Renewable Heat Incentive, the government will introduce measures to support renewable heat next year.
23 June 2010


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