Under the Energy Company Obligation (ECO) Regulations 2017 - 2018 (ECO2t) local authorities can set their own criteria for eligibility for funding for domestic energy efficiency measures. This funding is aimed at those within a local authority most likely to be in fuel poverty. Energy companies can spend up to a maximum of 10% of their full obligation within these criteria. Local authorities must publish a statement of intent that defines who is eligible for funding before this can happen.
Four authorities within North Yorkshire which includes Hambleton, Scarborough, Richmondshire and Ryedale intends to adopt a sub-region wide approach to implementing the forthcoming Flexible Eligibility policy initiative within the 2017/18 Energy Company Obligation regulations.
The four authorities intend to work closely with energy companies, installers and customers to maximise the input of Flexible Eligibility ECO on fuel poor households. However fitting the criteria within the statement of intent does not guarantee that any individual household will benefit from energy saving improvements as the final decision on funding rests with energy suppliers and will depend on:
- The survey carried out and installation costs calculated
- the energy savings that can be achieved for a property, and
- whether suppliers have achieved their ECO targets or require further measures to meet their ECO targets (this will affect the amount of funding available through the scheme)
Energy Company Obligation (ECO) is a requirement placed a few years ago on energy companies over a certain size to help improve domestic energy performance of the homes of the vulnerable.
In the ECO2T phase that we are entering now there is a new additional facility called Flexible Eligibility. This is where the Council can set criteria to direct assistance towards local private sector homes at risk of fuel poverty, but falling outside of the normal rules of ECO (usually qualifying benefits).
Following broad guidance from the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS), the four authorities can access Flexible Eligibility funds on the production of this Statement of Intent.
This allows the Authorities to set income levels and guidelines to target local residents at risk of from fuel poverty.
To find out whether you would be eligible for help under this scheme please contact YES Energy Solutions either by email the Ryedale Energy Saver Team or tel: 0330 053 5631 (office hours 9am - 5pm, Mon - Fri).
For more information visit YES Energy Solutions.