13 March 2019
13 March 2019,
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BEIS Announcements alongside the Spring Statement today

This post is to update you on progress towards the Clean Growth Strategy ambition to support businesses to be 20% more energy efficient by 2030 and includes information about 3 announcements.

ANNOUNCEMENT 1
Today, as part of the Spring Statement, the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS) has launched a call for evidence entitled the ‘Energy Efficiency Scheme for Small and Medium Sized Businesses’.

This call for evidence proposes three options for possible delivery of the scheme (energy efficiency auction, a business energy efficiency obligation and expanding access to finance options to SMEs) and asks for views.  It also invites views on any additional delivery models that the Government should consider for the new scheme.  Over time, the aim is to reduce business energy bills and lower businesses’ carbon footprint.

The call for evidence will run for 8 weeks and close on the 8 May 2019.

Please find a link to the call for evidence below.

https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/energy-efficiency-scheme-for-small-and-medium-sized-businesses-call-for-evidence

BEIS would encourage respondents to respond via the Citizen Space platform

https://beisgovuk.citizenspace.com/heat/sme-energy-efficiency-scheme-cfe/

ANNOUNCEMENT 2
Additionally, please find below a link to the Government response to the call for evidence which closed on the 26September 2018 entitled ‘Helping Businesses to Improve the Way They Use Energy’. BEIS received 55 responses.  The Government response sets out the Government’s intended overall approach to meeting the Clean Growth Strategy ambition.

https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/helping-businesses-to-improve-the-way-they-use-energy-call-for-evidence

If you have any queries about any of the publications, please email: smeenergyefficiency@beis.gov.uk

ANNOUNCEMENT 3
Finally, BEIS are also pleased to announce the £6m ‘Boosting Access for SMEs to Energy Efficiency’ competition opens for applications today.   This competition will fund the development of new business models that aggregate and scale up the delivery of small-scale energy efficiency building projects in the commercial and industrial sectors.

It will pilot the most promising business models to show how larger projects can attract more lenders into the market, standardising parts of the process and aggregating a sustainable supply chain to reduce individual project costs.

This competition opened today, and applications need to be received in the next 8-weeks, by 8 May 2019.

Further information about this competition can be found on Contract Finder and please see

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/boosting-access-for-smes-to-energy-efficiency-basee-competition

For any queries about the competition please email businessenergyuse@beis.gov.uk

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