MP Barclay and Wisbech company director team up to call for less bureaucracy for renewable energy firms

14:10 11 February 2014

Steve Barclay MP is calling for a crackdown on the illogical burden of red tape faced by local renewable energy firms after discovering that the same technology is subject to two totally separate Government-backed accreditation schemes.
Left: Kevin Roberts of  Evergreen Ventures Ltd and Steve Barclay MP.

Steve Barclay MP is calling for a crackdown on the illogical burden of red tape faced by local renewable energy firms after discovering that the same technology is subject to two totally separate Government-backed accreditation schemes. Left: Kevin Roberts of Evergreen Ventures Ltd and Steve Barclay MP.

Archant

An MP has called for an end to the “unreasonable amount of bureaucracy” facing renewable energy firms.

MP Steve Barclay launched his campaign after meeting with Kevin Roberts, company director of Wisbech based Evergreen Ventures Ltd, who provide solar panels, heat pumps and solar thermal technology.

Small businesses are forced to comply with both the Micro-Generation Certification Scheme (MCS) and the Green Deal scheme when installing energy-saving technologies like solar panels and heat pumps.

The annual MCS accreditation costs more than £5,000 for Mr Roberts firm of 15 staff, together with further compliance costs from the Green Deal. Both schemes are supervised by the Department for Energy and Climate Change.

Mr Barclay has submitted a number of Parliamentary Questions and also written to the minister at the Department for Energy and Climate Change to ask why efforts to simplify the schemes’ application processes are not being looked at.

Mr Barclay said: “It is immensely frustrating that small businesses find themselves confronted with an unreasonable amount of bureaucracy, most of which serves no practical purpose for the customer.

“Whenever they install an energy-efficient technology such as a heat pump they have to fill out different sets of forms depending on how the job is being paid for, and some of these forms have changed three times over the last 18 months.

“Politicians of all parties say they want to cut red tape. Here we have a real life example of duplicate regulation that is of no practical benefit to the public.

“The minister needs to step up to the challenge and streamline the rules.

“What matters is whether your heat pump or solar panel has been well installed, not whether the same information has been submitted to two different bodies both operating under rules from the same department. We need to get this fixed.”

Mr Roberts added: “The level of bureaucracy that we face in complying with the various green schemes, both administered by the same government department, is equivalent to driving a car with the hand brake on.

“This is a chance to really streamline the paperwork process for both schemes so that the wider benefits of installing energy efficient products are felt by as many people as possible and in turn helping more householders reduce their long term running costs.”

0 comments

More news stories

10:19
The lorry which overturned on the A142 near Mepal yesterday

A Chatteris man was hospitalised yesterday after the 32 tonne lorry he was driving overturned on the A142 near Mepal.

Two Ely crews were called to this road traffic collision earlier this morning after a lorry had collided with a tree on the A10 near Stetham.

Two people have been injured after a lorry crashed into a tree on the A10 near Ely.

14:53
New Junior Leaders Appointed at Neale-Wade Academy

A group of students from a March school have had weeks of campaigning rewarded by being named as members of its Junior Leadership Team.

14:14
March Lions

March Lions member Trevor Stockbridge and his wife Wendy raised £555 for two charities by holding a BBQ in their garden.

Most read stories

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

Digital Edition

Image
Read the Cambs Times e-edition E-edition

Newsletter Sign Up