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Energy Act 2011

Energy Act 2011

2011 CHAPTER 16

Commentary on Sections

Part 1: Energy Efficiency

Chapter 1: Green Deal
Introductory
Section 3: Framework regulations

25.This section requires the Secretary of State to establish, in regulations, a scheme for authorising persons to act as green deal assessors, green deal providers and green deal installers and regulating the conduct of these ‘green deal participants’.

26.Subsection (3) contains a non-exhaustive list of the provision that may be made by the scheme. In particular, this includes provision for: requiring the payment of a fee in connection with authorisation under the scheme; the issuing of a code of practice; requiring green deal participants to enter into a multi party agreement; requiring the Secretary of State to approve that agreement; requiring green deal participants to comply with the code of practice; securing compliance with the scheme, code or agreement; and provision as to the consequences of non-compliance. It also includes provision for the establishment and maintenance of a register of green deal participants and those whose authorisation under the scheme has been withdrawn, and for requiring green deal participants to provide information.

27.Subsection (4) details what the code of practice may provide for, for example: the qualification and training of green deal participants; the handling of queries or complaints; green deal assessors acting with impartiality; insurance; charging; and marketing.

28.Subsection (5) allows the code to include provision for regulating a body specified or authorised for the purposes of subsection (1)(a) and subsection (6) allows the scheme and code to make different provision for different circumstances or cases.

29.Subsection (8) provides examples of the provision which the Secretary of State may make for securing compliance with the scheme code or agreement mentioned in subsection (3). For example, the Secretary of State may: require a green deal provider to cancel or suspend a bill payer’s liability to make payments under a green deal plan; require a green deal participant to rectify a qualifying energy improvement or its installation; or require a green deal participant to pay compensation or a financial penalty. The Secretary of State may also make provision enabling the Secretary of State to withdraw a green deal participant’s or body’s authorisation.

30.Subsection (9) states that a qualifying assessment is an energy efficiency assessment which meets the requirements of the framework regulations and deals with such other matters as specified in those regulations.

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