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Editor: David Keighley
16th August 2012

Cuts in energy-related red tape and a £7m loan to help the UK's Green Deal scheme provide low-cost finance for approved energy-related projects have been announced by the Government. In a move designed to deliver business savings of about £400m over the next 20 years, the Department of Energy and Climate Change is to scrap 86 regulations and 48 of its 'improved regulatory regimes'. Meanwhile, the DECC loan will allow The Green Deal Finance Company to develop its low-cost finance offer, expected to be available early next year.

"The loan we have agreed with The Green Deal Finance Company will help them to undertake essential development and be ready to offer finance to Green Deal Providers in early 2013," said Energy and Climate Change Minister Greg Barker. Businesses can apply directly online to become authorised, while accredited certification bodies will be able to submit the details of Assessors and Installers to be authorised. For full details visit

The Government has also opened its register for Green Deal Providers, Assessors and Installers to give the seal of approval to businesses that successfully go through the scheme's authorisation process (see link above).


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David Keighley

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