Charities and voluntary organisations could play a crucial role in the government’s efforts to boost domestic energy efficiency, according to one expert.
Speaking to Click Green, Bates, Wells & Braithwaite solicitor Simon Steeden suggested that the government could boost uptake of its Green Deal scheme by making it easier for third-sector groups to obtain credit through the Green Investment Bank and Big Society Capital.
“Community groups could increase uptake of Green Deal on the ground, by acting as trusted advocates in a way that the energy companies cannot,” he explained. “Charities interested in poverty reduction could also have a role to play through guaranteeing Green Deal loans to the fuel poor.”
Mr Steeden welcomed the government’s Local Energy Assessment Fund – which made £10m available to community-led energy efficiency projects – but warned that additional action is likely to be needed if the coalition is to meet its Green Deal targets.
Energy industry regulator Ofgem last week issued a warning to utilities suppliers that it may be forced to impose a cap on gas and electricity bills unless providers do more to provide consumers with a fair deal.