Sustain turns up the heat at BBC Radio 5 Live's Energy Day

Senior Associate Stephen Allen questions Green Deal incentives live on air

Bristol based resource Efficiency Company Sustain has been flying the flag for energy schemes by taking part in BBC Radio 5 Live's energy day, which aims to highlight the energy crises facing the UK.

Sustain's Senior Associate, Stephen Allen, was a specially invited guest on Nicky Campbell's breakfast show which also featured the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, Ed Davey MP, Stephen Thomas, Professor of Energy Policy at the University of Greenwich, along with representatives from manufacturers, renewable technologies, local government and environmental groups.

Stephen took the opportunity to outline the problems facing the Green Deal and positioned the question to Professor Stephen Thompson whether or not more should be done to incentivise the government scheme.

Professor Thomas acknowledged benefits of the Green Deal but also highlighted that only 132 participants have signed up to the scheme so far. He also admitted that he himself didn't know an extensive amount about the Green Deal, which as an energy professional, may speak large amounts in itself. He also stated that clearly interest rates are an issue whilst companies are building power stations on a five percent rate of return and leaving consumers having to spend a considerable amount more. He hinted this should be equalised with interest rates should it ever wish to succeed.

Stephen commented: "It was great to discuss why the Green Deal might not be flourishing, as first predicted. There have been some useful recent improvements to the scheme, such as the greater clarity over the Green Deal Finance Company and the possibility for homeowners to make early repayments, but the scheme has highlighted so far that incentivising homeowners to upgrade their homes is easier said than done.

It's important the issue is resolved should the Green Deal hope to have any future with home owners in the UK".
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