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Cornwall Council announces groundbreaking five year Energy Company Obligation and Green Deal Partnership with British Gas

  • Up to £50m of ECO funding for energy efficiency improvements to homes in Cornwall
  • Potential for Green Deal measures which could add a further £50m over 5 years
  • 140 local jobs to be created via the partnership
  • Boost for local small businesses who will undertake 60% of installation work
  • Committed to delivering training and skills – targeting young people not in work or education

Cornwall Council has today announced a groundbreaking ECO and Green Deal Partnership with British Gas. The Council and the energy provider will be working together identifying homes across Cornwall which will benefit from energy saving measures funded from up to £50m of funds through the Energy Company Obligation (ECO). There is also further potential for residents to leverage around £50m of loans through the Government’s Green Deal programme.

This innovative scheme will help transform the lives of people across the county by making homes more energy efficient, and will be accessible to all residents, no matter what their circumstances. Householders will be able to access the Green Deal offering to install a range of measures which could help to reduce their energy bills and make their homes more comfortable. Those in receipt of a range of qualifying benefits may be able to use ECO funding to upgrade their homes for free. Green Deal and ECO measures can include a wide range of improvements including insulation, boilers and double glazing.

A further agreement also means that British Gas has committed to ensure that the majority of work coming from the scheme will be delivered by locally based small businesses, as well as creating new jobs in the county. This will mean that further economic and social benefits will flow into the local economy. The scheme will also aim to train and upskill local residents to deliver Green Deal and ECO measures, focussing particularly on young people not in work or education (NEET).

“I am absolutely delighted that Cornwall has managed to secure up to £50m of funding from British Gas,” said Carolyn Rule, Cornwall Council Cabinet Member for Health & Wellbeing and People, Economy and Regeneration. “In a climate where people are struggling with bills, it is more important than ever to ensure that Cornish homes are upgraded to make them as comfortable as possible. It is also important to remember the long terms health benefits for people living in warmer and drier homes, particularly older people and children. I would like to thank my predecessors, in particular Julian German, for the leadership that they showed to help bring this investment to fruition.”

Andrew Bacon, Regional Director at British Gas, said “British Gas was determined to build a partnership with Cornwall Council to meet their very ambitious goals to reduce fuel poverty and tackle the wide-range of energy challenges that local residents and businesses face across Cornwall. This partnership will bring real local economic benefits including new jobs and new green skills, but also will help local communities take more control over their energy management and cost. By bringing the scale and delivery capability that British Gas offers, along with Cornwall’s ambition and drive, we look forward to what we can achieve together.”


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