West Midland ALEO regional update for ALEO National Executive meeting - January 2018

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West Midland ALEO regional update for ALEO National Executive meeting - January 2018

Post by ALEO Admin » Fri Jan 19, 2018 2:50 pm

- provided by Rachel Jones, Chair of West Midlands ALEO, for the ALEO Executive meeting held on 18 January 2018.

Details of any meetings held and/or forthcoming:
The last meeting was on the 3rd November. The focus of the meeting was ECO flex and how LAs in the West Midlands were addressing this. The meeting included a utility perspective (E.ON) and then an open discussion on SOIs and declarations. Coventry also gave an overview on the PRS regulations and their involvement on the BEIS working group.

Act on Energy also held a sub-regional meeting on the 6th December which focused on the Warm Homes Fund. National Grid Affordable Warmth Solutions presented at the meeting their finding of the previous round and what they were looking for at the next round.

Details of any other events held and/or forthcoming:
Next meeting to be confirmed.

Details of any current projects:
The current focus for LAs is the delivery of winter warmth campaigns and funding potentials associated with campaigns e.g. ECO and ECO Flex. In addition, a number of LAs are using their own funding to support physical interventions funded through own sources/DFG/Better Care Fund. Coventry City Council will be undertaking a thermal flyover to help with marketing of EE measures.

Switching – LAs are still participating in switch and save schemes along with supporting BESN schemes.

LA Flex – currently 20 LAs have SOI published. With a number actively installing works including heating and insulation measures.

The West Midlands LAs had very limited success with the Warm Homes Fund, which was frustrating for many who had submitted bids for all categories but it transpired that Cat 3 bids were not looked at if the bidder was unsuccessful in Cat 1 and 2. A number of LAs are looking to apply under this round using the guidance gained from the funders.

Any other comments, e.g. issues or barriers:
LA are keen for ECO flex to continue and wish to participate in BEIS consultation on ECO 3.

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