BEIS’ Household Energy Efficiency Statistics (April 2017)

BEIS statsBEIS released the latest (provisional) energy efficiency national statistics on 20 April 2017.

The statistics cover the measures installed under the Energy Company Obligation (ECO) and the Green Deal in Great Britain.

Additional useful information such as ECO delivery costs, and estimates of energy and carbon savings, is also included. A full size version of the graph above, which shows ECO measures installed by obligation, by month, up to the end of February 2017, is in BEIS’ release.

Headline findings include:

  • Around 2.2 million measures were installed in around 1.7 million properties through ECO and under the Green Deal Framework to the end of January 2017
  • 96% of those measures were delivered through the ECO
  • 14,030 households had Green Deal Plans at the end of February 2017; the same number as those in progress at the end of January 2017
  • Of all notified ECO measures installed, 35% were for cavity wall insulation, 24% were for loft insulation, and 23% were for boiler upgrades. There were around 141,000 solid wall insulations which accounted for 7% of all measures
  • On average, around 6% of all households in Great Britain had a measure installed under ECO funding up to the end of December 2016

CCC’s Advice on the Design of Welsh Carbon Targets (April 2017)

CCC walesThe Committee on Climate Change (CCC) published a paper on 13 April 2017 providing independent advice to the Welsh Government on the design of their carbon targets.

The Welsh Government has enacted legislation requiring that, before the end of 2018, they set in regulation interim emissions targets to 2040, and carbon budgets to 2025.

The CCC’s report provides advice on the form of future emissions reduction targets and the accounting framework. A second report, due in October 2017, will cover the level of ambition for future carbon targets and specific opportunities to decarbonise.

Key points in the report relevant to energy performance in buildings include:

  • “In 2014, the level of emissions in Wales was around 18% below 1990. That, however, compares to around a 36% reduction across the UK as a whole. We [the CCC] will therefore need to look carefully at where the opportunities are to go further.”
  • “Wales accounts for 9% of UK-wide emissions, but only around 5% of UK population.”
  • “We recommend that all targets…are expressed relative to 1990 emission levels (i.e. as percentage reductions), rather than on an absolute (i.e. megatonne) basis.”
  • “Direct emissions from buildings are down 32% on 1990 levels. The Welsh Government’s Arbed and Nest schemes have been successful in delivering energy efficiency measures to over 45,000 households.”
  • “While the EU ETS provides an incentive to undertake some incremental improvements in energy efficiency it looks unlikely to drive the more significant measures that will be required.”

Energy Trends: Renewables (April 2017)

Renewables 180417The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) published the latest trends in renewable energy in the UK on 13 April 2017.

The figure to the left shows the change in renewable electricity generation in terawatt hours in each quarter between 2013 and 2016. A full size version is in BEIS’s report.

Headline findings for 2016 include:

  • Renewable electricity generation in 2016 fell by 1.0% compared to 2015
  • However, 2016 was still “the second highest year ever for renewable electricity generation”
  • Renewables share of total electricity generation was 24.4%
  • Generation from solar PV rose by 73% from 0.8 TWh to 1.4 TWh due to increased capacity across the year
  • Renewable installations eligible for Feed-in Tariffs (all except Micro CHP) represented 17% of all renewable installed capacity
  • Solar PV represents the majority of both installations and installed capacity confirmed on the FiTs scheme, with, respectively, 99% and 81% of the total

BEIS Energy and Climate Change Public Attitudes Tracker findings (February 2017)

PATBEIS published their Energy and Climate Change Public Attitudes Tracker on 9 February 2017.

The department runs the survey at regular intervals to “understand and monitor public attitudes to the Department’s main business priorities”, such as energy saving, renewable heat, renewable energy, nuclear power and fracking.

This report presents headline findings from December 2016 (Wave 20) and makes comparisons with earlier periods. It is based on face-to-face interviews of 2,138 people (which is judged to be a representative sample size).

Further useful information (please refer directly to the source material for context, assumptions and explanations):

  • Similar to the previous year’s survey, just under a quarter claimed to give “a lot of thought to saving energy at home “(23%), whilst half claimed to “give it a fair amount of thought” (52%).
  • Support for renewable energy has been consistently high since the survey began in 2012, at around 75-80%. There was a “small drop” in the level of support in Wave 20.
  • 63% of respondents were aware of renewable heating systems “in general”, but the “vast majority (90%) didn’t have any of these systems installed in their home.”
  • “Worries over paying for energy bills remained at their lowest level since the tracker began.”

BEIS’s Help to Heat Consultation Response (January 2017)

HelptoheatBEIS published their response to the Energy Company Obligation (ECO) “Help to Heat” consultation on 30 January 2017.

It was confirmed that the “extension period” would now run until September 2018 (i.e. for 18 months, rather than one year), and that a further consultation on the scheme through to 2022 would take place at a “later date”.

The ECO will be set at a level worth an estimated £640 million per annum, rising with inflation, and will be re-focused towards low income households. It will encourage installations which make the most impact on reducing fuel poverty, including more insulation.

Further useful information (please refer directly to the source material for context, assumptions and explanations):

  • The ECO scheme was launched in January 2013. As of November 2016, it has delivered energy efficiency measures to 1.6 million households in Great Britain
  • The Affordable Warmth obligation – focused on low income households – will be increased as a proportion of the overall scheme from around 36% to 70% of estimated supplier spend
  • The eligible Affordable Warmth Group will be increased to around 4.7 million rather than 4 million households
  • The Carbon Emissions Reduction Obligation (CERO) will decrease as a proportion of the overall estimated spend, from approximately 34% to 30%
  • The Carbon Saving Community Obligation will be brought to an end
  • Eligibility for certain measures under the Affordable Warmth obligation will be extended to social housing in EPC Bands E, F or G
  • The requirement to deliver a minimum level of solid wall insulation will be increased from the proposed equivalent of 17,000 measures per year to 21,000 per year
  • A rural sub-obligation of 15% under CERO will be introduced to maintain delivery in rural areas
  • Deemed scores will replace the use of the Standard Assessment Procedure methodology