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Gregory Barker: DECC’s monthly consumption of gas and electricity since June 2010 can be viewed in the following tables. The information provided covers those buildings occupied by the core DECC Department where we are directly billed or have estimates. Energy (kwh) 2010-11 2011-12 2012-13 Gas Electricity Gas Electricity Gas Electricity April - - 26,271.73 118,488.24...
Gregory Barker: Departmental spend on gas and electricity bills, by financial year, is as follows: Gas £ 2010-11 19,122 2011-12 16,700 2012-13 21,719 2013-14 115,851 Electricity £ 2010-11 203,723 2011-12 165,782 2012-13 202,289 2013-14 205,847 1 March gas bill not yet received, February used as approximation.
Gregory Barker: The coalition Government are committed to fighting fuel poverty through the installation of robust energy efficiency measures. Statistics published this morning show that from the start of 2013 to the end of April 2014, 394,000 low-income and vulnerable consumers, or households in specified areas of low income, had benefited from energy efficiency measures being installed under the new energy...
Gregory Barker: The Department of Energy and Climate Change does not have a policy or guidance on the protocol of former armed forces personnel using their rank as a title after they have left service.
Gregory Barker: Data are not available to the Department on the number of households with prepayment meters at the parliamentary constituency or local authority level. Statistics are produced on a quarterly basis which show the proportion of households on prepayment tariffs by public electricity supply (PES) region. These are made available through the DECC publication Quarterly Energy Prices, in tables 242...
Gregory Barker: The estimated number and proportion of households which are fuel poor for 2011 and 2012 under the Low Income High Costs (LIHC) indicator in each (a) parliamentary constituency and (b) local authority is available at the following link: https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/fuel-poverty-sub-r egional-statistics The link above also provides sub-regional estimates of fuel poverty for the 10%...
Gregory Barker: Up to £120 million has been allocated to the Green Deal Home Improvement Fund in 2014-15. A decision on allocating funding for future years has yet to be taken. In the 2013 autumn statement, £150 million was allocated in each of 2015-16 and 2016-17 towards energy efficiency in homes.
Gregory Barker: The total number of homes supported under the GDHIF scheme will be dependent on a number of factors. Given these are unknown factors currently, the number of homes potentially supported could vary significantly. Up to £120 million has been allocated to this scheme for 2014-15. A decision on allocating funding for future years has yet to be taken.
Gregory Barker: Up to £120 million has been allocated to the Green Deal Home Improvement Fund in 2014-15. DECC has not allocated specific levels of funding to (a) solid wall insulation, (b) other energy efficiency and insulation measures from his Department's approved list and (c) refunds for Green Deal assessments under the Green Deal Home Improvement Fund in (i) 2014-15, (ii) 2015-16, (iii) 2016-17 or...
Gregory Barker: Up to £120 million has been allocated to the Green Deal Home Improvement Fund in 2014-15. A decision on allocating funding for future years has yet to be taken. In the 2013 autumn statement, 5 December 2013, OfficialReport, columns 1101-13, £150 million was allocated in each of 2015-16 and 2016-17 towards energy efficiency in homes.
Gregory Barker: The supply of LPG is subject to UK competition law under the Competition and Markets Authority. The study by the Office of Fair Trading (OFT) into the off-grid energy market, published in October 2011, found that there was a generally positive initial impact of the Competition Commission (CC) orders from 2009 to make it easier for consumers to switch liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) supplier. In...
Gregory Barker: Energy performance certificates can now be generated for park homes and the energy company obligation is leading to improvements. For example, 200 park homes have had solid wall insulation under this scheme. We will be consulting later this year on ways in which we could help park home residents access the warm home discount.
Gregory Barker: The Government will be in a position to bring forward secondary regulations on minimum standards of energy efficiency in the private rented sector once a consultation on the regulations has been published and responded to.
Gregory Barker: The Government are committed to a public consultation on the regulations on minimum standards of efficiency in the private rental sector. The Government expect to begin consultation shortly.
Gregory Barker: I have not held discussions with RWE or SSE on this issue because this is a commercial matter for the parties concerned.
Gregory Barker: Development consent was granted in May 2013 for the Galloper project. The commercial viability of the Galloper project is a matter for the developers.
Gregory Barker: I have not made such an estimate. However, we expect the impact of ground-source heat pump (GSHP) deployment on gas imports to be negligible.
Gregory Barker: The Department does not undertake analysis or hold information of this nature relating to specific developments.
Gregory Barker: None. All questions in the last parliamentary Session received a substantive answer.
Gregory Barker: The regulation removing incandescent bulbs from the market has been in force since 2009. The UK is sympathetic to concerns raised about the potential health impacts of lighting. Although the scientific evidence of such impacts is limited, we take the issue seriously and will press the European Commission to take this into account in the upcoming review.