NIA calls on energy companies to reinvest green tax cuts in home insulation

Published:  24 July, 2014

The National Insulation Association (NIA) has called for the excess cost savings of the reviewed Energy Company Obligation (ECO) to be invested in providing additional insulation measures for struggling households.

This follows the publication by the Department of Energy & Climate Change (DECC) of its response to 'The Future of the Energy Company Obligation' Consultation.

"The DECC has acknowledged in its response that their proposed changes to ECO are expected to deliver greater cost savings to the energy companies in aggregate than originally expected, and they have invited the energy companies to publicly set out how they propose to ensure that householders benefit from these additional cost savings," said Neil Marshall, CEO of the NIA.

"The NIA is urging energy companies to invest these extra savings into additional insulation measures which can provide householders with significant and long term, sustainable savings on their energy bills.

"In its recent annual progress report the Committee on Climate Change called on government to increase the ambition of the Energy Company Obligation to 2017 to achieve its carbon targets, but DECC is not proposing to do this. Therefore, additional insulation activity as highlighted above would help in this regards," Mr Marshall concluded. 

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