Costs of the ECO: the impact on fuel poverty

Start Date March 2011
Completion Date September 2011
Grant Holders: Association for the Conservation of Energy (ACE)
Main Contact Darryl Croft, Senior Researcher, ACE
Email: darryl@ukace.org

Summary

Obligations placed on energy companies to achieve energy or carbon saving targets invoke costs that are passed back to consumers in their energy bills.  The manner in which these costs are passed back (e.g. split per customer account, per unit of energy consumed, varied by payment type or customer profile) will affect the impact of the Obligations on fuel poor and vulnerable households

With Government planning a new Energy Company Obligation (ECO) from 2013, this project will assess the way in which these costs have been passed on to date, and develop recommendations for cost-recovery under the ECO, so as to maximise the number of households removed and protected from fuel poverty.

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