Energy giant EDF has met government targets to install energy efficiency measures in UK homes three months ahead of schedule.
The company says it has supported the installation of 170,000 energy saving measures, such as loft insulation, in 144,000 properties across England, Scotland and Wales under the government’s Energy Company Obligation (ECO). Some 55,000 of the 170,000 measures are excess installations from EDF Energy’s over delivery of the government’s previous energy efficiency initiatives, CERT (Carbon Emissions Reduction Target) and CESP (Community Energy Saving Programme).
At the same time energy regulator Ofgem has fined British Gas just over £11m for falling short in its delivery of the CESP scheme in 2012. The energy company missed the government’s target deadlines, although after the deadline had passed it eventually over-delivered on both CERT and CESP.
The Government’s ECO scheme was introduced at the beginning of last year, and set energy suppliers individual targets to deliver energy saving improvements to customers’ homes. The scheme focuses on vulnerable and low-income households and homes considered ‘hard-to-treat’.
The deadline for energy suppliers to meet their respective targets is 31 March 2015. EDF is the first supplier to announce that it has reached its target.