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Four out of six suppliers announce energy-efficiency win

SSE, npower, EDF Energy and EON have all announced that they have successfully reached their CERT targets.

Only ScottishPower and British Gas have still to reveal whether they have reached their CERT targets. However, British Gas  has ended its free insulation scheme, indicating that it has already reached its targets.

Simon Stacey, managing director npower energy services, said“I am extremely proud of our energy services team in meeting this demanding and challenging target.

“However experience delivering CERT (Carbon Emission Reduction Target) and CESP (Community Energy Saving Programme) has shown that costs can significantly increase from the original forecast.

“We have similar concerns about the replacement programme, the Energy Company Obligation (ECO). Government forecast that costs for the new scheme will reach £1.3bn; recent independent research suggests that the actual cost could be more than double the original estimate.

“I am very concerned about the impact on customers’ bills. To ensure that we do not have an open-ended commitment which could significantly increase bills, we are calling on DECC (Department of Energy and Climate Change) to cap the cost of ECO at £1.3bn.

“Energy efficiency is fundamental in reducing household energy bills. It shouldn’t add to them! Any scheme should be constructed to deliver maximum benefit with minimum cost to the consumer.”

What is CERT and ECO?

The CERT, or ‘Carbon Emission Reduction Target’, is a requirement for all large energy companies with 50,000 customers or more to help reduce domestic carbon emissions. From this year CERT has been replaced by ECO or ‘Energy Company Obligation’ targets.

ECO is focussed on households needing a bit of extra help, like vulnerable and lower income households or home of particularly old housing stock. In these cases traditional government initiatives to support energy efficiency upgrades won’t work, hence the need for special targets.

The government hopes that the rest of the housing stock will be covered by its much-trumpeted ‘Green Deal’, which you can read more about on our dedicated green deal guide page.