Below is a list of policy documents and consultations that CEE is considering making responses to (listed in date order of responses required). Draft responses will be added to this page for member comments. If you would like to input into any of our responses, please email us.

Smart meter policy framework post 2020 - BEIS

BEIS is consulting on a number of proposals to help inform the policy framework for energy suppliers to continue installing smart meters after 31 December 2020, when the current rollout duty ends. This includes proposals for changing the Smart Energy Code (SEC) to modify the way in which the Data Communications Company (DCC) charges for its services after 2020.

Additionally, we are seeking more general views on:

  • the future of coordinated consumer engagement activity beyond 2020, in the context of increasing numbers of households and small businesses having smart meters
  • potential future policy measures to complement any policy framework post 2020 including initiatives to ensure that consumer benefits are maintained.

Deadline for responses: 11 November 2019

CEE is considering whether to submit a response.

Future Homes Standard consultation from the Ministry for Housing Communities and Local Government

Consultation on changes to Part L (conservation of fuel and power) and Part F (ventilation) of the Building Regulations for new dwellings.

The 2019 Spring Statement includes a commitment that, by 2025, the government will introduce a Future Homes Standard for new build homes to be future-proofed with low carbon heating and worldleading levels of energy efficiency. Energy efficiency requirements for new homes are set by Part L (Conservation of Fuel and Power) and Part 6 of the Building Regulations.

This consultation sets out the government's plans for achieving the Future Homes Standard, including proposed options to increase the energy efficiency requirements for new homes in 2020 as a meaningful and achievable stepping stone to the Future Homes Standard. This consultation is the first stage of a two-part consultation about proposed changes to building regulations. It also covers the wider impacts of Part L for new homes, including changes to Part F (Ventilation), its associated Approved Document guidance, airtightness and improving ‘as built’ performance of the constructed home which will come into force in 2020.

For 2020, the proposals being consulted upon include uplifts on Part L 2013, which would result in either a 20 per cent or 31 per cent reduction in emissions from new build homes, with a noted Government preference for the latter.

It has also published outline proposals and transitional arrangements for the Future Homes Standard in 2025. The Government has indicated that the new standard will represent around a 75-80% reduction in emissions compared to Part L 2013, with further details to be developed via the convening of a Future Homes industry taskforce to be established next year.

The current consultation relates to new domestic buildings only. A further consultation is due to be published towards the end of this year, covering new non-domestic as well as existing domestic and non-domestic buildings.

Deadline for response 10 January 2020

CEE intends to make a submission.