FPS Response to the Government Energy Company Obligation ECO Help to Heat Consultation

FPS (The Federation of Petroleum Suppliers) is the trade association for the heating oil and fuel distribution industry across the UK and Republic of Ireland. The FPS has more than 135 distributor members and represents 80% of the UK’s distributors of heating oil. Approximately 1.25 million households in Great Britain use oil for heating and FPS members made over 5 million deliveries to consumers last year. It is estimated that a further 250,000 commercial oil boilers are installed in premises such as schools, warehouses and hospitals in off mains gas areas.

Chief Executive Mark Askew comments: “The FPS broadly welcomes the outcome of the Government’s Energy Company Obligation (ECO) Help to Heat Consultation and is particularly pleased that more emphasis has been placed on combatting fuel poverty and an increase in the delivery of energy efficiency measures to rural communities where most FPS member customers reside.

The FPS also supports the simplification of both the funding and delivery of the scheme but believes that clear communication is needed on the schemes

and services offered to the public particularly for the most vulnerable customers who struggle most with their energy bills.

The FPS hopes that the limitation of gas boiler replacements will encourage more funds to be spent in rural communities including the installation of super-efficient condensing oil boilers both as replacement and as first time central heating for off grid customers. Heating oil is currently the cheapest form of energy for off grid homeowners so now is a great time to invest in a modern boiler to secure long term savings as well as reducing CO2 emissions.

FPS still feel that the target being set at 1m homes is detrimental to the proper delivery to those in most need and higher cost projects could be put to one side in favour of more, smaller projects. The FPS would also welcome the opportunity to be more involved in the development of energy efficiency policy and measures.”


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