Carbon Reduction Commitment Energy Efficiency Scheme

Energy and Climate Change written question – answered on 13th July 2010.

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Photo of Simon Kirby Simon Kirby Conservative, Brighton, Kemptown

To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change whether he has made an assessment of the effects of the requirements of the CRC Energy Efficiency Scheme on small companies participating in that scheme.

Photo of Gregory Barker Gregory Barker The Minister of State, Department of Energy and Climate Change

The final impact assessment on the CRC Energy Efficiency scheme published on 19( )January 2010 by the previous Administration contained a small firms impact test. The impact test concluded that, based on current energy prices, organisations with annual electricity bills below around £0.75 million were unlikely to meet the scheme's 6,000 MWh qualification threshold. As such, smaller organisations below this threshold are exempt from participation in the scheme.

There may be organisations with large energy bills and few employees which are subject the scheme. The impact assessment noted that these organisations are likely to benefit from participation in the scheme as they will save money on energy bills by implementing energy efficiency measures.

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