Energy Company Obligation (ECO) is a requirement placed a few years ago on energy companies over a certain size to help improve domestic energy performance of the homes of the vulnerable.
In the ECO2T phase that we are entering now there is a new additional facility called Flexible Eligibility. This is where the Council can set criteria to direct assistance towards local private sector homes at risk of fuel poverty, but falling outside of the normal rules of ECO (usually qualifying benefits).
Following broad guidance from the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS), the City Council can access Flexible Eligibility funds on the production of this Statement of Intent.
This allows Oxford City Council to set income levels and guidelines to target local residents at risk of from fuel poverty.
Residents meeting these agreed criteria, subject to the council issuing a Declaration for their properties, can be assumed eligible by Energy Companies for ECO funded energy efficiency improvements.
For more information contact us on 01865 252566.