AgiltyEco has welcomed BEIS’s proposed changes to the current Energy Companies Obligation (ECO), which are designed to improve the standards of installation.
In a response issued on Friday 12 July, it welcomed the efforts to encourage quality and a marked improvement in installation standards. Specifically, it praised the proposal of widening of the eligibility base for First-Time Central Heating (FTCH) as well as plans to improve the funding rates. It labelled FTCH as a “significant weapon” in the fight against fuel poverty, while calling on the local authorities it has partnered with on FTCH programmes to respond positively to the proposed changes.
On the government’s aim to realign ECO regulation to conform with the initial policy intent to “cap” broken boiler replacements, AgiltyEco called on BEIS to adopt a careful approach. It recommended examining market evidence before considering a timeline for withdrawal.