'Local authorities are uniquely placed to assess the needs of their areas and local residents and to act as catalysts for change. The Act recognises local authorities' ability to use their position to improve the energy efficiency of all residential accommodation (such as owner-occupied, privately rented and social housing) in their areas'
Excerpt from the Guidance to English Energy Conservation Authorities issued pursuant to the Home Energy Conservation Act 1995.
Working in conjunction with the National Energy Foundation, USEA’s HECA strategy service can support your council to produce its first HECA report under the revised guidance recently published by DECC.
The service is based on 4 stages. Councils can select any or all depending on the level of assistance required.
We will obtain, analyse and interpret data relating to buildings, insulation, energy consumption and socio-economic factors. Based on our analysis we will produce an interpretive report which will also include GIS maps.
This can be used to inform an area based approach to home energy conservation, target affordable warmth measures and identify funding opportunities.
Desktop research and gap analysis of existing strategies and policies from the council and key partners. Information on on-going initiatives will be considered at this stage.
USEA will facilitate a strategy workshop involving key personal from the council and stakeholder organisation.
Combining the outputs from stages 1 to 3, a draft strategy and action plan will be produced which will meet the HECA requirements and serve as a fuel poverty and energy conservation strategy.
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