This week has seen the budget confirm the end of the Feed in Tariff and no further support for renewables until 2025. Only time will tell what this means for the sector, but it seems unlikely to have a significant impact on the transition to a low carbon and increasingly decentralised energy system.
Although it promised 300,000 new homes a year, it is disappointing that the budget offered no clear support for the implementation of the aspirations outlined in the recently released Clean Growth Plan. For example, the improvement to EPC band C (from the current average of D) in; all fuel poor homes; ‘as many homes as possible’; privately rented homes; and social housing. The first Energiesprong project outside of the Netherlands has recently been delivered in Nottingham, this is one of a number of national projects hoping to demonstrate the potential of the Energiesprong approach to improve our existing housing stock.
The Zero Energy Buildings Catalyst (ZEBCat) project will retrofit a number of houses in Devon using the Energiesprong approach, as well as supporting businesses in Devon to engage with innovative models of funding and delivering wholehouse retrofit solutions. As part of this support, we Regen be running technical training events, site visits and networking seminars throughout 2017-2019
In four days’ time our annual Renewable Futures conference will examine the disruptive innovations shaking up energy generation, supply and use and the successful strategies to create value in a rapidly changing market. There are a few tickets left, click here to book.