Households and local energy

With around 20% of UK carbon emissions coming from households, domestic energy efficiency and increasing local energy are key steps to deliver net zero targets. The housing stock is old and inefficient, and despite a smaller emissions total than transport or power generation domestic heat is likely to be one of the most expensive sectors in which to deliver decarbonisation, with required spend estimated at over £40bn. Government policy in this area is also limited, with funding largely limited to the Energy Company Obligation (ECO) – £640mn/year spend by energy suppliers.

Pixie Energy is working with Local Authorities, energy suppliers and energy efficiency installers to create a marketplace for domestic energy efficiency. This is initially focused on delivering through the ECO funding obligation, but may in future include other routes to market.

Recent insight

Vehicle-to-grid (V2G) is considered a step beyond smart charging, unlocking system benefits for a range of market participants. A recent study by Element Energy, Vehicle to Grid Britain, assesses the opportunities for V2G in a changing GB energy system for residential customers. 

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On 19 September, the Department for Business Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) published its latest figures on the Energy Company Obligation (ECO) Scheme. ECO was introduced by the government in 2013 and places an obligation on energy suppliers to deliver energy efficiency measures to domestic consumers – targeting fuel poor and vulnerable households in the UK.

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This week, we look at a Committee on Climate Change (CCC) report by Element Energy and University College London published in August. The report assesses solutions to lower the UK’s hard-to-decarbonise housing stock emissions, focussing on reductions from space heating and hot water through heating technology upgrades and energy efficiency improvements. 

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