[holding answer 23 November 2009]: The Community Energy Savings Programme (CESP) is funded by an obligation on energy suppliers and generators. They are expected to install around £350 million worth of energy efficiency measures across GB in the CESP obligation period, from 1 September 2009 to December 2012. DECC does not fund the programme.
There are around 4,500 eligible CESP areas across GB, 3248 are in England. Within this constraint energy companies, working with local authorities and community groups, are free to choose where they deliver CESP. The programme is expected to deliver up to 100 projects across GB, benefiting c90,000 households and saving 2.9mtCO2 over the lifetime of the programme.
Given CESP's focus on delivering energy efficiency measures to hundreds of households in each particular area targeted we expect this to create business and employment opportunities. For example, the energy companies are currently assessing their options for delivering CESP including in the first instance recruiting staff where necessary and reviewing their supply chains to deliver the significant number of energy efficiency measures expected under CESP.