EDF installs efficiency measures in 144,000 UK homes

Big six energy giant EDF Energy has achieved government efficiency targets three months ahead of schedule by successfully implementing energy saving measures in 144,000 UK homes.

Ahead of a March 2015 deadline, EDF fully complied with the Energy Companies Obligation (ECO) which forces large energy suppliers to help customers improve their building’s energy efficiency. Just yesterday, fellow big six supplier British Gas was fined £11.1m for failing to comply with an earlier version of ECO in 2012.

EDF’s adopted measures, which include loft insulation, cavity wall insulation and boiler replacements, will cut household energy bills and save more than 2.4 million tonnes of carbon emissions.

EDF chief executive Vincent de Rivaz said: “We’ve worked hard to deliver these important measures on time, so that as many customers as possible benefit in time for winter.

“These energy saving installations are proven to substantially lower energy bills, cut carbon emissions and keep homes warm. Our focus has been on supporting some of the most vulnerable and low-income communities in the UK.

“While we’ve met our targets more than three months early, our programme continues and more households will be able to benefit in future.”

EDF at Hinkley point

Speaking at the Nuclear Industries Association conference, De Rivaz said he expects to give the green light for the proposed Hinkley nuclear plant by spring 2015. He also played down the impact of delays at EDF’s Flamanville plant in France, which will make use of the same nuclear technology.

“We should be under no illusion that building new nuclear plants has never been easy,” he said. “We take the construction risk for Hinkley Point C – not the customers. Let us be clear, the cost of Hinkley Point C has not increased by one penny as a result of the delays at Flamanville.”

Brad Allen

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