EST moots "auction" for energy saving projects

A novel funding system for energy efficiency schemes - based on the competitive bidding approach used to support renewable energy projects - has been mooted by the Energy Saving Trust (EST).1 Meanwhile, the Government has pledged to set up a clear environmental framework for utility regulation - but has left unresolved questions over funding for energy efficiency measures.

The EST's initial plans for a major domestic energy efficiency programme were scuppered in 1994. Clare Spottiswoode, then newly appointed Director-General of Ofgas, refused to approve a levy on gas bills to fund the Trust's work.

Electricity regulator Offer adopted a more positive approach by requiring electricity suppliers to carry out a four-year, £102 million energy saving programme under the Standards of Performance scheme (SOPS

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