Tag Archives: CESP

Delivering Energy Efficiency in London

31 May 2012: Think tank Future of London having been working with local authorities and other key energy efficiency delivery agents in London over the past few months considering how the Government’s Green Deal programme can be successfully implemented in the capital. The result of these discussions have been published today in a report entitled Delivering Energy Efficiency in London‘. The role of local authorities and other local partners is – as DECC states on its website“likely to be key in ensuring effective and intensive delivery of the ECO and Green Deal in particular areas.” Hence the findings by Future of London are of particular interest, and include:

  • The capital faces a big challenge to make the most of the Government’s new approach to improving energy efficiency through the Green Deal and ECO programmes
  • Contributing factors to the  installation of energy efficiency measures being more difficult and costly in London include:

-The increased cost of parking and the congestion charge in London

– The particular characteristics of the London housing stock with a high proportion of solid wall properties and large blocks of flats that are harder to insulate

-The lack of accredited suppliers and installers within the M25

– And the increased difficulty with planning processes in London owing to the high volume of properties in conservation areas, and the need for external wall insulation on solid wall properties.

Ways in which boroughs could encourage consumer demand for the Green Deal include:

  • Promoting the scheme through council media and public-facing staff such as social workers or housing officers;
  • Using data from tax records, planning information and previous energy efficiency schemes to identify properties that could benefit from the Green Deal;
  • Working with faith groups, tenants and residents associations and other community groups to promote the Green Deal and energy efficiency.

The research sets out some really interesting points which Government will need to ensure they take into account in their formulation of the Green Deal. These include:

  • London contains an estimated 600,000 homes within conservation areas – almost half the national total – where planning laws are tighter in order to protect the character of historic buildings. One of the most efficient ways of insulating solid walls is through external cladding – in a conservation area this procedure is likely to require planning consent. At the very least, this will increase the time and bureaucracy involved in treating London homes, making it more likely that the ECO money will be directed to other regions.
  • The number of high-rise buildings in London presents a similar problem that was frequently flagged up in interviews conducted with practitioners working across the Capital. 38 per cent of homes in London are in blocks of flats, nearly triple the amount in any other region. This can drive up costs in a variety of different ways.
  • Much of the research on the Green Deal to date has suggested that a lack of consumer demand is the principle barrier to the scheme’s success. For example, even the Government’s own figures project a 93 per cent fall in the number of lofts insulated annually and a 67 per cent drop in the number of cavity walls.
  • Boroughs have had difficulty giving away energy efficiency improvements for free, marketing the Green Deal will represent a considerable challenge.
  • A participant suggested that ‘[Green Deal] assessors will need to be in people’s homes for about three hours. It’s a long time, and some residents will be uncomfortable with that’.
  • It was also noted that, while some Boroughs had been interested in providing a loft clearance service as part of previous energy efficiency schemes, they had been advised against doing so by the Council’s insurance officers.
  • experience of staff from an affluent inner London Borough interviewed as part of our research suggests that, for very different reasons, wealthier households may decline to participate in the Green Deal. They told us that “we have had little success reducing emissions from richer households because saving a few hundred pounds a year isn’t worth the hassle to them.”

Download the report here.

Posted in Library, News | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

Solid Wall Insulation Project in East London

June 2012: London has a high incidence of solid wall homes and as such has been poorly served by existing national energy efficiency schemes, which – with the exception of the troubled CESP programme – have not included support to solid wall insulation (SWI). The forthcoming Green Deal and Energy Company Obligationscheduled to start in October of this year – are to change that, with the Government very strongly focusing on a significant uptake in SWI. Such projects are not without their difficulties – being much more complex to install and fairly invasive when insulation is fitted on the inside wall of solid wall homes (Internal Wall Insulation – IWI), hence, there is much to learn from projects currently underway. An External Wall Insulation (EWI) project has recently been completed on the Coventry Cross estate in Poplar, Tower Hamlets with the “energy efficient retrofit  expected to cut residents’ energy costs by as much as 25% while achieving greater comfort.” Further information is provided on the following news release. Further information can be found here.

Posted in Energy Efficiency, News | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

CERT delivery in London

22 February 2012: Parliamentary question from Tessa Jowell, MP for Dulwich and West Norwood about the delivery of CERT in London.

Tessa Jowell: To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how much expenditure under the (a) Carbon Emissions Reduction Target and (b) Community Energy Saving Programme has been incurred in respect of properties in (i) London and (ii) the UK. [95626]

Gregory Barker: Best estimates of energy companies total costs in meeting their GB-wide Carbon Emissions Reduction Target (CERT) and Community Energy Saving Programme (CESP) obligations were detailed in the respective impact assessments at the outset of the schemes. Regionally disaggregated cost estimates have not been made. However, in terms of delivery activity, latest figures published by the Energy Saving Trust show that around 2.6 million homes had received insulation measures by March 2011, including almost 132,000 properties in London.

At present, the Government do not have powers to require the obligated energy companies to disclose their CERT and CESP compliance costs. However, we are taking steps to ensure information is available about the cost of delivery under the forthcoming energy company obligation, which is due to replace the existing schemes at the end of 2012.

The latest EST figures for CERT are posted here (they are anticipated to be updated by the EST in early March). The data above once again highlights the low delivery of CERT and CESP in London, with London only achieving a level of around five per cent of all homes treated in the UK

Posted in Energy Efficiency, News, Uncategorized | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

Low Numbers for CESP in London

January 2012: An answer to a recent Parliamentary Question from Shadow Secretary of State for Energy, Caroline Flint MP, highlighted the low level of delivery of the Goverment’s Community Energy Saving Programme (CESP) in London.  Of the  9,937 properties treated in England up to June 2011, only 715 homes in London were provided with energy saving measures. Only the South-East (41 properties!) and South-West (179 properties) had lower levels of installation. The next estimate of CESP progress, including the period up to the end of 2011, will be published in May 2012.

The full PQ answer can be viewed here (column 800). Further posts on the delivery of CESP in London are available here.

Posted in News | Tagged , | Leave a comment

Energy and Climate Questions to the Mayor

December 2011: This month the Mayor answered London Assembly questions in relation to LFEPA CRC efficiency as compared to other parts of the GLA group; the number of Excess Winter Deaths due to fuel poverty in London; steps taken by the Mayor to promote Combined Heat and Power; clarification on the RE-FIT programme; contribution from the Mayor’s Budget to the Centre of Low Carbon Technology; the numb of Flats treated under home energy efficiency programme RE:NEW; the Cost of delivering RE:NEW and CO2 savings abatement cost; the number of homes treated in the private rented sector; the Mayor’s activities in promoting subsidised insulation programmes across all of London; the RE:NEW delivery of CESP; the number of Benefit Entitlement Checks undertaken under RE:NEWSubsequent benefits of RE:NEW home energy efficiency programmeRE:NEW’s  treatment of homes in fuel poverty; the Energy Companies’ Record of delivering energy efficiency in London; an update on Borough roll-out of RE:NEW; an update on RE:NEW; the extent of London’s energy Gap; the degree of Carbon Emissions Reduction Target (CERT) delivery in London; an update on LEGGI greenhouse gas emissions data; delivery of the RE:NEW Home Insulation scheme in Islington; projections for the capacity of  PV in London by 2025; targets under the RE:NEW programme; London Underground’s use of Renewable energy and again; energy reduction in GLA buildings and targets; and increasing the number of  lighting controls at London Underground stations.

Previous questions to the Mayor can be found here.

Posted in News | Tagged , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Further Details on the Roll out of CESP in London

28 September 2011: Ofgem’s recent Community Energy Saving Programme (CESP) Update newsletter provided only limited detail in relation to the progress energy companies are making in rolling out efficiency measures in areas of low income, a key requirement of the CESP targets. CESP, which is funded by an obligation on energy suppliers and electricity generators, is expected to deliver up to £350m of efficiency measures by December 2012, the programme’s termination date.

Ofgem have now provided Energy for London some additional information to help better understand the progress of CESP in the capital.

The Update newsletter mentioned that 9 CESP schemes have been proposed in London, out of a total of 201 proposed schemes across the UK.

  • Ofgem have now confirmed that, to date, only two London schemes have been approved, in Barking and Dagenham, and in Westminster, and a further 16 have been submitted, awaiting approval.

The Update newsletter highlighted that 1047 energy efficiency measures were installed in 751 dwellings. Ofgem have provided to Energy for London a breakdown of theses 1047 energy efficiency measures as at 30 June 2011:

  • Cavity wall insulation – 198
  • External solid wall insulation – 342
  • Glazing – 18
  • Replacement boiler – 78
  • Heating controls – 197
  • Fuel switch – 119
  • Solar PV – 95
  • Total – 1047

DECC’s ‘Areas of Low Income’ document sets out that a total of 795 areas are  identified as qualifying areas for CESP out of a total of 3248 in England: that is 25 per cent of the eligible areas for the programme in England are in London.

Posted in Energy Efficiency, News | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

CESP Update for London

7 September 2011Ofgem’s half yearly update (to the end of June 2011) on energy companies progress against their targets under the Community Energy Savings Programme (CESP) has just been published. However, the results provided in the update only refer to the 201 UK-wide ‘proposed‘ schemes, as opposed to the schemes actually ‘approved’ by Ofgem. With reference to London, the CESP update reports that 15 schemes have been proposed. In terms of actual measures delivered, London schemes in operation (an unknown number), have installed 1047 measures in 751 dwellings. The CESP Annual Report published earlier this year noted the slow progress of the programme to date: the update goes on to highlight the difficulties in getting schemes of the ground as even if all of those proposals put forward by energy companies to Ofgem for approval came to fruition,they would only represent around 50% of the CESP target, with only just a year left of the programme to go.

Posted in Energy Efficiency, Library, News | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

CESP Annual Report

12 May 2011: Ofgem today published details on the progress of the Community Energy Saving Programme (CESP) over the year 2010. CESP requires that energy saving actions are delivered in geographical areas selected using the Income Domain of the Indices of Multiple Deprivation (IMD). Only superficial regional information is supplied, however measures deployed in London include insulation, improvement in heating systems and the use of district heating. The report also notes that “Of the schemes submitted to date, the estimated CO2 savings in London and Scotland are notably lower than might be expected from the number of eligible LSOAs (Lower Super Output Areas) in each region.”

Posted in Energy Efficiency | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

Community Energy Saving Programme: Areas of Low Income

June 2009: CESP targets households across Great Britain, in areas of low income, to improve energy efficiency standards, and reduce fuel bills. DECC have produced a report listing the 4,500 areas eligible for CESP – at LSOA – including all of those for London. Download Communities: areas of low income here.

Posted in Data Store | Tagged , , | Leave a comment