Thousands to benefit from £200m Warm Up North scheme

UP to 50,000 households and businesses across the North-East are set to benefit from a first-of-its-kind £200m scheme aimed at reducing energy bills and tackling fuel poverty.

Announced today (Thursday, July 25), Warm Up North is also expected to create around 500 jobs including in the supply chain, plus 75 on the scheme itself.

It will start in September, making the North-East the first region in the country to have entered into such a multi-area partnership.

Warm Up North covers eight councils: Darlington, Durham, Redcar and Cleveland, Sunderland, South Tyneside, Gateshead, Newcastle and Northumberland; and is supported by the Association of North East Councils (Anec).

It will be delivered by British Gas.

Eligible residents and businesses could get free or discounted solid wall insulation, replacement double-glazed windows and composite doors, loft insulation or a new boiler.

Martin Walker, project director for the Warm Up North partnership, said: “This is a great opportunity for residents in all eight of the participating council areas across the North-East.

“The partnership with British Gas that is now in place – the first of its kind, anywhere in the country – puts this region at the very forefront of domestic energy efficiency.

“This scheme will help tens of thousands of households with their energy bills, help thousands of people struggling with fuel poverty and create hundreds of jobs in the region.

“We are very impressed by the commitment shown by British Gas and now we can’t wait to get started.”

For more information, visit britishgas.co.uk

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8:43am Thu 25 Jul 13

Ally F says...

For more information visit www.warmupnoth.com

Warm up north is a conduit comprising a consortium of local authorities for the delivering energy saving home improvements under the Government’s flagship ‘Green Deal’ (GD) scheme. As a professional building services engineer, I have been following the progress of GD along with many others. It replaces earlier Government-backed home improvement schemes.

Under GD, companies such as British Gas are ‘service providers’. They implement home improvement measures recommended by so-called energy assessment professionals, but who in reality do not need any professional qualifications or experience other than having attended a 3-day Government run training scheme and paid about £2000 for the their trouble.

GD could become the next mis-selling scandal, with home-owners taking out high interest GD loans to pay for energy saving measures to their home that, in practice, realise only a fraction of the energy savings promised to them. CIBSE and other professional organisations are greatly concerned about how the scheme is being administered; the lack of professional qualifications and experience required to become an energy assessor, and how big the potential is for exploitation and abuse of the scheme. Green Deal service providers are in it to make money – be assured as private limited companies that’s their primary objective, energy saving comes second to that.

So far, the vast majority of energy saving measures under GD has been replacement of gas boilers, which is good, but it’s hardly aligned to the GD core objective of reducing the country’s dependency on fossil fuels. Other energy measures such as passive energy saving: cavity wall, external wall and loft insulation have drastically reduced under GD, again not exactly aligned with the Government’s stated objectives for the scheme. Micro-generation schemes such ground and air source heat pumps are stuck at first base under GD, the Government has put back implementation of feed-in tariffs form micro-generation under GD several times now.

Green Deal finance - GD loans are paid back by homeowners as a surcharge on their energy bills, at 7% APR. Yes, 7%, that’s 14x the current base rate and hardly represents a fair deal for the home-owner. So far under GD in the first 6 months (to 16/06/2013) there have been 38,259 home assessments under GD, there are 245 plans in the system, a 064% conversion rate, 4 homeowners have actually signed up but 0 installations have actually been completed. Worryingly, the number of loft insulation upgrades completed since GD was launched has massively reduced to practically 0, actually losing 5,500 jobs in the energy efficiency sector. Want more info: this is a useful graphic: http://www.knaufinsu
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The Government plans to tackle 14 million homes under GD by 2020, at the present rate of GD take up, it will take another 23,000 years to achieve that target. Now I applaud Warm up North for their initiative, GD surely needs all the help it can get. But if it looks like a turkey, clucks like a turkey, tastes like turkey, it’s a turkey. GD is a turkey, a massive expensive one.

Now, who is paying for Warm Up North to support GD? You the tax payer of course! Hey ho, it’s jobs for the boys and girls at the local councils.

British Gas will do very nicely installing over-priced energy efficient condensing boilers. The home-owner will not do so well paying back 7% APR on their GD loan over the term of the loan. Government ministers will still be talking GD up until the day it gets scrapped, and hundreds of millions of pounds of tax payers money quietly written off. People will make money under GD that’s for sure, but it won’t be the home-owner. If they are lucky they might get a more energy efficient home. If they are unlucky they might end up paying back a long-term loan at 7% APR for ill-advised energy saving modifications to their home that, in reality have saved them very little and are actually costing them more in the long run.
For more information visit www.warmupnoth.com Warm up north is a conduit comprising a consortium of local authorities for the delivering energy saving home improvements under the Government’s flagship ‘Green Deal’ (GD) scheme. As a professional building services engineer, I have been following the progress of GD along with many others. It replaces earlier Government-backed home improvement schemes. Under GD, companies such as British Gas are ‘service providers’. They implement home improvement measures recommended by so-called energy assessment professionals, but who in reality do not need any professional qualifications or experience other than having attended a 3-day Government run training scheme and paid about £2000 for the their trouble. GD could become the next mis-selling scandal, with home-owners taking out high interest GD loans to pay for energy saving measures to their home that, in practice, realise only a fraction of the energy savings promised to them. CIBSE and other professional organisations are greatly concerned about how the scheme is being administered; the lack of professional qualifications and experience required to become an energy assessor, and how big the potential is for exploitation and abuse of the scheme. Green Deal service providers are in it to make money – be assured as private limited companies that’s their primary objective, energy saving comes second to that. So far, the vast majority of energy saving measures under GD has been replacement of gas boilers, which is good, but it’s hardly aligned to the GD core objective of reducing the country’s dependency on fossil fuels. Other energy measures such as passive energy saving: cavity wall, external wall and loft insulation have drastically reduced under GD, again not exactly aligned with the Government’s stated objectives for the scheme. Micro-generation schemes such ground and air source heat pumps are stuck at first base under GD, the Government has put back implementation of feed-in tariffs form micro-generation under GD several times now. Green Deal finance - GD loans are paid back by homeowners as a surcharge on their energy bills, at 7% APR. Yes, 7%, that’s 14x the current base rate and hardly represents a fair deal for the home-owner. So far under GD in the first 6 months (to 16/06/2013) there have been 38,259 home assessments under GD, there are 245 plans in the system, a 064% conversion rate, 4 homeowners have actually signed up but 0 installations have actually been completed. Worryingly, the number of loft insulation upgrades completed since GD was launched has massively reduced to practically 0, actually losing 5,500 jobs in the energy efficiency sector. Want more info: this is a useful graphic: http://www.knaufinsu lation.co.uk/en-gb/m ore/green-deal-lates t-news.aspx#axzz2a2V qN33y The Government plans to tackle 14 million homes under GD by 2020, at the present rate of GD take up, it will take another 23,000 years to achieve that target. Now I applaud Warm up North for their initiative, GD surely needs all the help it can get. But if it looks like a turkey, clucks like a turkey, tastes like turkey, it’s a turkey. GD is a turkey, a massive expensive one. Now, who is paying for Warm Up North to support GD? You the tax payer of course! Hey ho, it’s jobs for the boys and girls at the local councils. British Gas will do very nicely installing over-priced energy efficient condensing boilers. The home-owner will not do so well paying back 7% APR on their GD loan over the term of the loan. Government ministers will still be talking GD up until the day it gets scrapped, and hundreds of millions of pounds of tax payers money quietly written off. People will make money under GD that’s for sure, but it won’t be the home-owner. If they are lucky they might get a more energy efficient home. If they are unlucky they might end up paying back a long-term loan at 7% APR for ill-advised energy saving modifications to their home that, in reality have saved them very little and are actually costing them more in the long run. Ally F
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1:07pm Thu 25 Jul 13

David Lacey says...

I've checked the website Ally and you are right. It's just another one of the endless "initiatives" that the madmen in DECC think will result in our homes becoming more energy efficient and thereby cut our carbon emissions.
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They are micturating into the wind!
I've checked the website Ally and you are right. It's just another one of the endless "initiatives" that the madmen in DECC think will result in our homes becoming more energy efficient and thereby cut our carbon emissions. . They are micturating into the wind! David Lacey
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