Centrica attacks ECO energy scheme over cost and complexity

Energy firm says the ECO home energy efficiency upgrade scheme is more expensive than its predecessors, but DECC says they are not comparable

Centrica’s chief executive Sam Laidlaw has attacked the government’s Energy Company Obligation (ECO) scheme as costly and difficult to administer. The energy firm has warned it will push up bills.

He told the Financial Times: “We want to sit down with the government and see whether this is actually the most cost effective way of reducing customers’ carbon emissions [and] whether it can be changed to bring down costs.”

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