New city wins pioneer status for energy saving scheme

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A project designed to improve energy efficiency in homes in Milton Keynes has received a £310,450 boost from Whitehall.

The Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) has approved a Milton Keynes Council bid to be a Pioneer Place for a government scheme called Green Deal.

The Green Deal will allow residents to pay for energy effiency by using future savings in their bills.

The money will be used for household energy efficiency assessments to see where savings can be made in the home, whole house retrofits to demonstrate the benefits of energy efficiency, and local events and other activities to raise awareness of the Green Deal.

DECC received 74 bids under this part of a bidding process for a total of £19.5million. A total of £10million has been awarded to 40 successful projects, covering more than 150 local councils, including Milton Keynes, across England.

In a statement issued today (Tuesday) energy secretary Edward Davey said: “We need to find new ways to help people with their energy bills, working with communities and councils across the country.

“The projects we are funding will help people save energy and save money: helping the most vulnerable to heat their homes, getting the Green Deal market up and running and encouraging people to switch energy suppliers to get their bills down.”