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Green Deal Stalls as Wales Unveils Fuel Poverty Funding
p>The Government?s Green Deal scheme which set out to improve energy efficiency in millions of homes has so far only attracted 12 signed off contracts. Launched in January, it’s now expected that only approximately 1,000 homes will be brought up to standard with just ?3.4 million out of an initial pot of ?244 million being allocated. The idea has been plagued with difficulties and has suffered from a much lower than expected take up, which has meant of the 71,000 assessments carried out only 961 (1.35%) have decided to proceed. Despite the figures, Energy and Climate Change Minister Greg Barker, is still optimistic. ?It is still early days for the new green deal market,? he said, ?there is clearly growing consumer interest but crucially assessments are also inspiring action.?
As one initiative appears to be floundering, the Welsh Government has launched a ?70 million fund to fight fuel poverty in the country’s most deprived areas. The money will be used as match funding to provide incentive for energy companies to invest in energy improvements. Minister for Natural Resources and Food, Alun Davies, says the new money will hopefully allow the government to build on the success of the Arbed scheme; ?The Welsh government is committed to tackling fuel poverty. That is why we have invested heavily in the Arbed scheme, phase 2 of which has seen energy efficiency measures like external and internal insulation and efficient boilers being installed in over 4790 homes in some of the most deprived parts of Wales.??