Green Deal cashback to get revamp

Concerns over slow and selective take-up of DECC’s cashback scheme, largely intended to stimulate the Green Deal, have prompted a government rethink.

A leaked letter from DECC shows that the department is considering reforms to its cashback scheme, which is intended to promote its Green Deal energy efficiency plans to householders.

The letter was addressed only to Green Deal providers – mostly companies that supply energy – and dated 27 August. The contents show DECC is trying to boost the range and uptake of energy efficiency measures covered.

The cashback scheme subsidises householders’ energy efficiency improvements through a voucher system but first requires that a home Green Deal assessment be carried out. Cashback was designed to kick-start interest in the Green Deal and other energy efficiency measures and is set to close on 1 March 2014.

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