There are concerns that the Green Deal may not commence in October 2012 as originally planned although the Government still states that it is on target for October. This is after the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) confirmed that secondary legislation needed to bring in the Green Deal has been delayed from “early 2012” to just before the Parliament summer recess.
We are getting a number of enquiries relating to the Green Deal and it is frustrating to see the delays. It makes our training courses difficult to prepare and provide good detail for articles because the primary legislation (Energy Act 2011) is only a basic outline of the procedures and the secondary legislation is really the key to understanding how Green Deal will work.
In particular there are number of important questions that remain unanswered:
- What will be included under Green Deal for free (i.e. what is the formula determining the cost to savings ratio)?
- What information will landlords be required to provide to prospective tenants explaining they will have to fund Green Deal through their energy bills?
- What term will need to be placed in tenancy agreements (it seems there may be a requirement to have some term in place)?
- What will the penalty be if the term is not placed in writing (e.g. if a landlord fails to provide a written agreement)?