Section 43: Domestic energy efficiency regulations
123.This section gives the Secretary of State powers to make domestic energy efficiency regulations in respect of England and Wales. Under this section, the Secretary of State must make regulations prescribing the circumstances in which a landlord must undertake relevant energy efficiency improvements before letting the property. Subsection (1) gives the Secretary of State the power to define the types of domestic property which are to be the subject of the obligation to make relevant energy efficiency improvements whilst subsection (2) describes the obligation placed upon a landlord.
124.Subsection (4) defines concepts such as “energy performance certificate”, “landlord” and “relevant energy efficiency improvements”. “Relevant energy efficiency improvements” are those which are of a description specified in the regulations and can be (i) financed wholly by a green deal plan, (ii) provided free of charge under a scheme provided for under section 33BC or 33BD Gas Act 1986 or sections 41A or 41B Electricity Act 1989 (a ‘supplier scheme’4), (iii) financed wholly by a combination of the green deal and subsidy under a supplier scheme, or (iv) financed under another specified financial arrangement. Subsection (5) provides the Secretary of State with the power to amend the definition of “energy performance certificate” if this is thought desirable or becomes necessary as a result of the source of the definition in the Energy Performance Regulations being amended. Subsection (6) places a duty on the Secretary of State to ensure that domestic energy efficiency regulations come into force no later than 1 April 2018.
The schemes are currently the Carbon Emissions Reduction Target, provided for in the Electricity and Gas (Carbon Emissions Reduction) Order 2008 (SI 2008/188) and the Community Energy Saving Programme, provided for in the Electricity and Gas (Community Energy Saving Programme) Order 2009 (SI 2009/1905). This will include the Energy Company Obligation in the future.