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Community Energy Saving Programme

Volume 488: debated on Wednesday 25 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what the budget of the Community Energy Saving Programme is for (a) 2008-09 and (b) each of the next five years. (255854)

The Community Energy Saving Programme (CESP) proposes a new carbon reduction obligation on energy suppliers and electricity generators.

The overall target for the CESP obligation will be specified in the legislation in terms of a carbon points score. We are proposing to set the overall target at a level that we estimate will require the obligated companies to deliver around £350 million worth of measures over the period of the obligation, achieving carbon savings of around 3.9 million tonnes.

The Government are consulting on the timescale for the new CESP obligation, with the proposal that it should run until 2012.