Renewable Heat Incentive
At the recent Round 2 roadshows a number of questions were raised in relation to Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) payments to private households and in particular the availability of such alongside WHF funding.
Affordable Warmth Solutions (AWS) have now received notification that Ofgem do not intend to consider WHF monies as being public funds. That being the case, we believe that applications for RHI should continue to be made to support additionality in bids to the WHF and that the recipient of the measure i.e. the householder, is able to apply for RHI funding. We would expect bidders to support householders in the RHI application process.
Whilst the final decision on individual RHI applications rests with Ofgem and there may be nuances that we have not foreseen, in most instances WHF funding should not preclude the application being successful.
Warm Homes Fund – Round Two: Category 3 Update
Energy Efficiency & Health Related Solutions to Fuel Poverty
To improve the quality and ambition of category 3 bids, we set out a requirement for an Expression of Interest (EOI) to be submitted by 5th January 2018. We have received 61 EOIs and have provided feedback to organisations for them to decide whether to develop a full bid.
As confirmed in our ‘Guidance for Bidders; Bid Round 2, November 2017’, category 3 bids are conditional on bidders submitting an EOI within the prescribed timescales. Therefore, if an organisation failed to submit an EOI then no bids will be accepted.
For those organisations who submitted an EOI, the following has been prepared and may provide further guidance.
Category 3 is referred to as providing energy efficiency and health related solutions. This is still within the context of fuel poverty and bidders should consider whether their application:
- Increases comfort in fuel poor households
- Helps reduce bills and allows households to keep warm for less
- Leverages other funding sources and develops new and existing local partnerships.
Successful category 3 bids will demonstrate that these aims will be met.
We are looking for bids that demonstrate ambition and innovation and those which target fuel poor households, particularly those living in the private sector. Specific points for consideration are:
- Employing additional people to do more of the same may not be considered innovative
- There is a lack of joined up thinking between County Councils and District and Borough Councils within the same county. A collaborative approach involving neighbouring authorities may demonstrate greater ambition and efficiencies for delivery
- We need to understand how the proposition supports fuel poverty and what evidence you will provide to demonstrate this. Funding will be linked to demonstrable outcomes
- Several propositions related to health referral schemes and whilst there are very worthwhile outcomes from these schemes, NHS benefits alone will not be enough to justify the use of the WHF funding
- The emergency fund has been established exactly for that – Emergencies. It has not been established to provide blankets, thick curtains, draught proofing or installation of panel heaters
We hope that these additional notes help in developing bids which will deliver real value in addressing fuel poverty.