Guardian: “Jeremy Leggett among 100 signatories to letter opposing oil firm’s likely influence over university’s climate change studies.”
David Cameron, launching the Green Deal: “Make no mistake we are in a global race and the countries that succeed in that race, the economies in Europe that will prosper, are those that are the greenest and the most energy efficient.” Read more
Guardian: “The government’s flagship “green deal” home insulation programme provides no guarantee of saving money for cash-strapped households, and is unlikely to rescue many from fuel poverty, experts warned ahead of its formal launch on Monday.” Read more
ClickGreen: “The so-called independent regulator of the Green Deal programme is actually controlled and owned by the ‘Big 6′ energy companies, ClickGreen can reveal. Gemserv is being paid £5.8 million of taxpayers’ money to administer the registration scheme, which will help households increase energy efficiency and cut down on their utility bills. But a clear conflict of interest has become apparent after it was found the largest shareholders in Gemserv are actually the energy companies themselves – British Gas, Scottish & Southern, ScottishPower, nPower, E.ON and EDF.” Read more
The companies involved in the green deal financing consortium are: British Gas, Carillion, Clifford Chance, E.ON, EDF Energy, Goldman Sachs, HSBC, Insta Group, Kingfisher, Linklaters, Lloyds Bank Corporate Markets, Mark Group, npower, PwC, RBC Capital Markets and Scottish and Southern Energy.
Regions under conservation mandates appear to be meeting reduction targets and even exceeding them. In the Tokyo area, for example, the government is pushing to cut electricity use by 15 percent between 9 a.m. and 8 p.m. on weekdays in order to prevent blackouts. The Japanese are bringing to the conservation drive, according to the NYT, “a characteristic combination of national fervor, endurance, sloganeering, technology and social coercion.”
Now one in five, 5.5 m homes, pay more than 10% of income on energy bills. And four of the Big 6 have yet to announce their price rises.
The challenge of making people interested in energy efficiency – or at least meters that cost $300 – has proven too much, greentechgrid reports.
The CCC wants the government to require energy companies to insulate every loft and fill every cavity wall within four years. The number of such installations fell by 30% from 2009 to 2010.