Domestic and Non Domestic Energy Efficiency

Information on the latest priorities, programmes and projects on domestic and non-domestic energy efficiency in Greater Manchester, including potential funding available for making improvements (e.g. the approach to Energy Company Obligation funding in Greater Manchester).

Greater Manchester Spatial Energy Plan: Evidence Base Study

The spatial energy plan for Greater Manchester project was commissioned as part of the Energy Technologies Institute (ETI) Smart Systems and Heat Programme, and undertaken through collaboration between the Greater Manchester Combined Authority and the Energy Systems Catapult.

The study has consolidated the significant data and existing evidence relating to the local energy system to provide a platform for future energy planning in the region and the development of suitable policies within the emerging spatial planning framework for Greater Manchester.

Domestic Buildings

Greater Manchester Green Deal and ECO Framework: An OJUE procured framework valid till 2019. The three procured partners on the framework are Willmott Dixon, Wates and Keepmoat. 

Since 2011/2012 GM partners have installed over 27,000 retrofit measures in private sector homes, saving an estimated total of 15,000 tonnes/year  and 50,000 tonnes/year of C02 were saved from 100,000 installed measures via social housing partners’ activity since 2010.

Energy Company Obligation, Flexible Eligibility, Statement of Intent

Energy Company Obligation (ECO) funds are provided by energy suppliers to assist fuel poor, low income and vulnerable residents.

In February 2019, BEIS published updated guidance for Local Authorities on engaging with energy suppliers to identify households that would benefit from energy efficiency improvements. This maintains the ECO-flexibility eligibility mechanism, through which Local Authorities can set eligibility criteria in a Statement of Intent (SOI) to determine which fuel poor, low income and vulnerable residents are eligible for ECO flexible eligibility funds.

In Greater Manchester, it has been agreed that there will be one Statement of Intent covering all 10 districts and declarations of eligibility will only be issued for Greater Manchester wide or Local Authority led schemes via the affordable warmth service operating in each district.

Warm Homes Fund

500 homes across Greater Manchester will get a new central heating system fitted for free* thanks to the Warm Homes Fund.

Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA) has secured £1.8 million from this national fund which has been established by National Grid and is administered by Affordable Warmth Solutions. It will offer a helping hand to households struggling to afford to stay warm and those who are vulnerable to the cold that do not currently have a central heating system.

The scheme is running throughout 2018-19 but is operating on a first-come, first-served basis and will close to new applications once all the funds have been allocated.

Home Energy Conservation Act: Greater Manchester 2017/18 – 18/19

It is a statutory obligation for local authorities to produce and publish their Home Energy Conservation Act report. The report details progress made in the last two years in domestic energy efficiency and aims for the next two years.

Non Domestic Buildings

Business cases developed for 379 Local Authority buildings including schools, across 5 areas, totalling £19 million investment opportunity. 

Memorandum of Understanding with Salix Finance to provide minimum of £10 million 0% finance over 3 years for GM Low Carbon demonstrators. 

Two demonstrators include a £3 million investment in the 1st wave of schools retrofit programmes and a circa £1 million RE:FIT corporate buildings programme, expected to save in excess of 10k tC02e