WANTED – positive change in home heating and energy policies

Mark Askew – hopeful of a change in policies relating to the off grid sector and in particular the oil heating industry
The Federation of Petroleum Suppliers (FPS) is looking forward to meeting of the new energy & climate change secretary, Amber Rudd and her team.
“There are important issues relating to the oil heating industry and the off grid energy sector which we want to discuss,” said chief executive Mark Askew.  “In particular looking at ways in which we can work together to tackle fuel poverty.
“The new government and a new energy & climate change secretary present a great opportunity to make the necessary changes to home heating policies.
“With the previous government, the policies simply didn’t work. The Green Deal put people off because of the prospect of debt; the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) policy was unaffordable for many; and the Green Deal Home Improvement Fund excluded oil condensing boilers.
“By working with Amber Rudd on the issues that really matter to the oil heating industry, we feel positive that we will be able to help ensure the sector is better recognised in policies under the new regime.
“It’s time for change.  We’ve had a change of government and now we are hopeful of a change in policies relating to the off grid energy sector and in particular the oil heating industry.”
“There are currently one million homes in rural England, Scotland and Wales, and almost half a million homes in Northern Ireland, heated by oil. It has been suggested that up to an estimated 80% of them are in the lowest energy rating with efficiency bands of F or G,” added Mark.
“This means these boilers are inefficient and cost more to run than modern condensing boilers. With a substantial number of inhabitants living in rural fuel poverty, we urge a change in government policies to incentivise the replacement of old and inefficient boilers in these houses with modern condensing boilers which are far cheaper to run and give off much less CO2.
“Steps need to be taken to make homes more energy efficient, including a policy to improve the insulation of UK homes and making the reduction of fuel poverty and carbon emission the same goal.”