Energy reforms target struggling households

Reforms to the Energy Company Obligation (ECO) will be targeted at households struggling to pay their energy bills.

With plans to extend the scheme from April 2017 to September 2018 announced by the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy, the changes to the ECO will make sure energy companies provide necessary support to people struggling to meet their heating bills.

The reforms which were consulted on last year will usher in a simplified scheme, with energy companies required to provide struggling households with free energy efficiency measures to make their homes warmer and bring their bills down.

Additionally, changes to the ECO will see eligibility extended to social housing tenants in EPC bands E, F and G, with local authorities also able to help match people with energy suppliers. Suppliers will also be required to install a minimum 21,000 solid wall insulations per year, up from the consultation figure of 17,000.

Jesse Norman, Minister for Energy and Industry, said: “The government is committed to tackling fuel poverty, and a key part of that is to help people keep bills down by living in more energy efficient homes. These changes will move the UK a further step towards the goal of insulating a further one million homes by 2020.”

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