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Low Carbon Buildings Programme

Volume 488: debated on Tuesday 24 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what consideration his Department gave to extending the availability of Low Carbon Buildings Programme grants to commercial and public sector applicants to mid-2010. (254102)

The Low Carbon Buildings Programme Phase 2 has been open since January 2007 and has committed £27 million to public sector and not for profit organisations' projects. The programme is due to close to new applications in June 2009 but a significant amount of work will be ongoing for installers through to mid 2010. We would like to see as many eligible organisations such as public sector organisations making maximum use of the grants programme up to June 2009.

We are currently considering the transition from grant funding and other incentives to the proposed small scale electricity feed in tariff and renewable heat incentive support mechanisms.

To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how much of the £50 million allocated to the Low Carbon Buildings Programme phase 2 has been committed to projects. (254103)

To date, £27.1million has been allocated to projects under the Low Carbon Buildings Programme Phase 2.

To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what assessment he has made of the effect on the renewables sector of the planned closure of phase 2 of the Low Carbon Buildings Programme in June 2009. (254104)

The Low Carbon Buildings programme Phase 2 has been open since January 2007 and has so far committed over £27 million to 1,433 projects. Although the money will be committed up to June 2009 a significant amount of work will be completed for the period through to mid 2010. We would like to see framework suppliers and eligible organisations making maximum use of the grants programme up to June 2009. We are considering the next steps post June 2009.

To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what steps he plans to take to encourage community groups to install low-carbon energy and energy efficiency technologies in their buildings after the end of phase two of the Low Carbon Buildings programme; what steps he is taking to assist community groups to use such technologies; and if he will make a statement. (255456)

[holding answer 9 February 2009]: To date, we have committed £576,158 to 32 community groups under phase 2 of the Low Carbon Buildings programme.

We would like eligible organisations to make maximum use of the grants programme up to June 2009. Although the money will be committed up to June 2009 a significant amount of work will be completed for the period through to mid 2010.

We are currently considering the options open to us to ensure that as many of these organisations can benefit from installing their own energy generating equipment.