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Green Homes Grant – Much needed boost or mismanaged botch?

Depending on what you read, the Government’s hastily deployed Green Homes Grant is either a quick win for both energy conscious home owners and installers alike, or an ill-executed appeasement plan to divert attention from the perpetually delayed Energy White Paper. Earlier this month, Money Saving Expert Martin Lewis asked his 1million+ Twitter followers if they […]

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Renewables tax reform could boost deployment and provide jobs

A coalition of trade associations representing major British industries including retail, property, construction and technology, has written to the Chancellor to ask that renewable energy technologies such as solar PV and battery storage be excepted from business rates to boost commercial deployment and provide much needed green jobs. [1] The STA estimates that excepting solar […]

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AMTE Power reacts to PM’s pledge for wind farms to power every home by 2030

British battery manufacturer AMTE Power’s CEO, Kevin Brundish, shares his reaction to Boris Johnson’s pledge that offshore wind farms will be powering every home in the country by 2030. To help the country “build back greener,” the PM announced £160m to upgrade ports and factories for building turbines in places like Teesside and Humber, Scotland and […]

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NHBC Foundation explores implications of building low-energy homes

Current government proposals indicate that from 2025, newly built homes will not be allowed to be heated with the use of fossil fuels under the ‘Future Homes Standard’. This standard aims to significantly reduce the energy use of new homes and marks the beginning of the end for the traditional gas boiler. 2025: New Homes […]

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Carbon Trust report is good news for heat pump installers

A new report from the Carbon Trust, ‘Heat pump retrofit in London’, shows how heat pumps will have a critical role in tackling emissions from London’s buildings and delivering the Mayor’s 2030 net zero ambitions. If the Government does step up the investment, and deliver the policies needed to support this route, it would generate […]

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Vaillant: “More to be done beyond Green Homes Grant to support low carbon heating”

Following the government’s provision of further detail on the £2 billion Green Homes Grant to improve energy efficiency of homes and stimulate the economy after lockdown, Mark Wilkins, head of training and external affairs at Vaillant, comments; “We welcome the Government’s announcement on the details of the £2 billion Green Homes Grant (GHG) and are […]

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HETAS responds to Heat Commission policy

Bruce Allen, CEO of HETAS and Woodsure, responds to the Heat Commission policy, convened by the CBI and University of Birmingham, with input from leading industry figures, calling the Government to develop a National Delivery Body (NDB) to lead the development and implementation of a national heat decarbonisation strategy. Hetas is very pleased to see […]

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A green recovery – accelerating and supporting local jobs

Renewable Energy Installer content editor, Stephanie Samuel, spoke with Ecuity on the green recovery, and how this could accelerate, generate and support local jobs. It is recognised that heating, which now accounts for over a third of the UK’s carbon emissions, is the greatest decarbonisation challenge the UK faces to reach net zero targets. However, […]

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Installers to play a key part in low carbon heating transition

Managing director of NIBE Energy Systems, Phil Hurley highlights how installers will play a key part in the low carbon heating transition, but that government must lead the way. A new report from Leeds University revealed the top ten ways to reduce our carbon footprint this month and it is no surprise to see heat […]

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OFTEC: What could be coming down the road?

To drive through the changes needed to reach its carbon reduction targets, the government will need to shake up the current way that things are done in the heating industry. OFTEC has dusted off its crystal ball and here considers a few of the most likely policy options the government may consider. The last decade […]

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