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An insurance provider has launched a new household policy covering domestic renewable energy instal- lations and guaranteeing green energy revenues. The Naturesave

Household Renewable Energy insurance policy has been developed in response to rising demand for home energy systems.

The scheme guarantees a minimum payment for all electricity generated by the system, in addition to a payment for the electricity exported to grid, and any savings made on the electric- ity bill by using the electric- ity generated. The monies paid depend on the type of renewable energy system and the amount of electricity produced, and the payments are in addition to the bill sav- ings made by using the elec- tricity generated on-site.

Green boiler grants from npower

Residents over 60 offered cash to buy efficient models

Npower has pledged to fill the gap left by the Government’s sus- pended Warm Front scheme by offering green boiler grants to certain homes.

The energy giant is offering grants of £350 towards a new boiler and, along the same lines as Warm Front, the npower Warm Home Grant will be available for residents aged 60 or over who own or privately rent their home. The news comes after the Government’s Warm Front cam- paign was put on hold until at least April this year. The com- pany, which says it is the first energy supplier to offer this sort of grant, will keep the scheme open until the end of March when Warm Front

applications expected to re-open.

Npower says the grant can be used to help pay for the instal-


The Warm Home Grant is open until the end of March

lation of a new A-rated energy efficient boiler.

New A rated boilers are more than 90% efficient – but older boilers might be less than 60% efficient meaning for every £1 spent on gas, 40p could be wasted. Npower’s marketing manager for the home team, Joan Coe, said: “The Government’s scheme plays a vital role in making homes warmer, healthier and more ener-

gy efficient. While Warm Front funding is on hold until April 2011, we felt it was vital to play our part in supporting the nation by offering our own grant for residents replacing a boiler that is more than ten years old. “This can pose a health and safety risk to homeowners as well as having financial implications, so we’re pleased to be able to make this commitment.”

Non-domestic new builds to be zero carbon

Housing minister Shapps confirms 2019 date

The Housing minister, Grant Shapps, has confirmed that non- domestic new builds must be zero carbon by 2019.

The minister also said that the Government is working on an approach to finalise the definition of zero carbon homes. The Zero Carbon Hub submit- ted evidence to the minister on how to set a national benchmark for measures that can be taken on- site to reduce carbon emissions. The Hub includes organisations such as WWF, the Energy Saving Trust and the UK Green Council. Recommendations include build- ing homes with renewable energy technologies on site, such as solar power and heat pumps.

Shapps Government

said is

that the exploring how

housebuilders can reduce the carbon footprint of new homes by supporting renewable energy schemes in their local area. Many groups have argued for a Community Energy Fund, which would enable zero carbon to be met partly through contributions to a fund used to reduce carbon dioxide emissions. Shapps

said that the

Community Infrastructure Levy, which was recently finalised, will give councils the option for new housing development in their area to contribute funds towards local renewable energy generation. “We are committed to ensuring that new homes do not add to our carbon footprint,” he said. “But whilst making sure these

tough environmental standards are met, we will not dictate how every home should be built. “So I welcome the findings of the Zero Carbon Hub, and will consider them with real interest. “We’re serious about building greener homes, but also commit- ted to finding the most practical way of doing this.”

The UK Building Council welcomed the statement. Chief executive, Paul King, said: “The Government deserves credit for sticking to the ambitious timeta- ble for zero carbon.

“The picture of how this will be achieved is becoming clearer, which is essential to drive invest- ment. Confirmation of the 2019 target, for all new non-domestic buildings to be zero carbon, is particularly welcome.


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