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Sustainable Energy Association Official Launch Reception, 24th March 2014

Monday 24th March 2014 - Terrace Pavilion, Houses of Parliament, London

We are pleased to announce that the official launch event for the Sustainable Energy Association will take place on Monday 24th March from 7.00pm onwards.

We were delighted to announce the launch of the Sustainable Energy Association to a room of more than 200 people at the Micropower Council Christmas Reception and we would now like to invite you back to the Terrace Pavilion to hear what we have been up to since the announcement to further outline our campaigning vision for the new organisation.

This free to attend reception is not to be missed for those interested in shaping the policy that impacts the sustainable energy industry's commercial prospects. At the heart of our purpose will be to promote the simple fact that Integrated energy efficiency and low carbon / renewable self-production from buildings is the most cost effective way for UK plc to lower bills, reduce carbon emissions and have greater energy security. The event will also provide an ideal networking opportunity for key stakeholders from government, industry, NGOs & trade associations involved in the sustainable energy industry.

To RSVP to this event please email


Sustainable Energy Association announced

The Micropower Council's Executive Committee is delighted to announce its decision to become the Sustainable Energy Association, an organisation focussed on linking together energy efficiency and demand reduction with low carbon production of energy from buildings and the integration of these with the wider energy system.

Further details will be given at the Micropower Council's Christmas Reception, at 19:00 on Monday 16 December 2013 on the House of Commons Terrace Pavilion, where the Minister, the Rt Hon. Gregory Barker MP will give the keynote address. Anyone seeking a last minute registration for this event should RSVP to"

The Rt Hon Gregory Barker MP, Minister of State for Energy and Climate Change, welcomed the move, saying:

I warmly welcome the creation of the Sustainable Energy Association.

"Further integration of energy efficiency and low carbon distributed energy fits exactly with my vision of a much more distributed and dynamic energy sector, a sector dominated not by the Big 6 but the Big 60,000.

"I am delighted that industry is adopting a more ambitious and more joined up approach and look forward to working with the new Association."

Commenting on the move, Donald Daw, from Mitsubishi Electric, and Vice President of the Micropower Council, said:

"The Micropower Council has for many years been a champion of policy change for the benefit of the industry and consumers. The industry has long believed the UK's buildings need intelligent integration of energy efficiency, renewable and low carbon heat and electricity production, yet the policy linkages are not yet well made.

"Much of the policy change in our sector has been founded on our evidence-based and constructive style to policy development, always working in partnership with policy makers. We will now apply this approach to the joining up of policy across the range of products and services offered by our members and the wider industry. The proper linking of energy efficiency, renewable and low carbon heat and electricity production in buildings is key to securing affordable, secure, renewable and low carbon future energy supplies."

Bill Rumble, Chief Commercial Officer of Mark Group, commented:

"The formation of the Sustainable Energy Association will bring much-needed joining up of policy development and advocacy across energy efficiency and low carbon energy production in Buildings. This is a very timely step given the high public profile of energy, rising fuel poverty, a growing market for low carbon energy production in the Built Environment, and the importance of the industry engaging effectively across the political spectrum in the run-up to the 2015 General Election."

Andrew Keating, Marketing Director of Baxi UK & Ireland, added:

"The Sustainable Energy Association brings a long overdue joining up of the industry's approach to policy development. As a worldwide manufacturer of a wide range of heating products for all types of Buildings, this is an excellent opportunity to join up UK policy to ensure Buildings are at the heart of the country's efforts to make energy more affordable, secure, lower carbon, whilst making the UK as competitive as possible. We are delighted to have helped shape this exciting next step."
Rob Barclay Managing Director of UK and Ireland for S.I.G. plc said:

"S.I.G. is an integrated group delivering turnkey energy efficiency and low carbon energy solutions to a wide array of customers. The creation of the Sustainable Energy Association will for the first time allow properly joined up and integrated policy proposals to be developed that link energy efficiency and low carbon production from buildings in a way that better reflects how today's market operates. We welcome this move, and look forward to continuing to play a prominent role in the organisation."

To see the full background to this announcment, please click here. We hope to see you at our Christmas reception but if you cannot make it please do contact us on 0121 709 5587 to find out more.

Join us at the Micropower Council Christmas Reception

Keynote Address: Rt Hon Greg Barker MP, Minister of State for Energy and Climate Change

Terrace Pavilion, Houses of Parliament, London

We are delighted to officially invite you to the Micropower Council Christmas Reception on Monday 16 December 2013 from 7.00pm onwards. If you haven't already done so you can reserve your place by emailing Anne Moorehead at to make sure you don't miss out.

This free to attend reception, kindly sponsored by Mark Group, is an ideal networking opportunity for key stakeholders from government, industry, NGOs & trade associations involved in the microgeneration industry.                                                                

The Rt Hon Greg Barker MP, Minister of State for Energy and Climate Change has agreed to come and reflect on the achievements of the microgeneration sector in the past year and discuss the future opportunities that we can expect for the industry

About Mark Group

Mark Group was founded back in 1974, pioneering cavity wall and loft insulation in Leicestershire and rapidly becoming the leading domestic insulation specialist in the UK.

Nearly 40 years on, Mark Group is a major international organisation, installing insulation and renewable energy technologies into more than a quarter of a million homes a year across the UK, Australia, New Zealand and the USA.

Bill Rumble, Chief Commercial Officer of headline sponsor, Mark Group, said:

"This year's Micropower Council Christmas Reception promises to be an excellent event and we are proud to be the headline sponsor. In addition to its prestigious setting adjacent to the House of Commons and on the bank of the River Thames, over 150 VIPs and business delegates are expected to attend, to share thoughts and opinions as well as hear Minister for Energy Climate Change, Greg Barker deliver his key note speech.

"As the renewable energy debate continues, the Micropower Council has established itself firmly as the voice of the industry and its reception events are considered key dates on the sector calendar. Anyone who has not yet reserved their place should do so immediately to ensure they stay on the pulse in this rapidly changing market place."

Industry welcomes RHI boost from additional technologies and domestic scheme detailsImmediate release: 4 December 2013

Industry has welcomed today's confirmation from DECC of subsidies to allow home owners and businesses to install renewable heating systems. The Government has confirmed the prices it proposed in July to be paid to owners of renewable heating equipment from Spring 2014.

Dave Sowden, Micropower Council Chief Executive said,

"This is a welcome step forward, and our early analysis suggests that there is sufficient funding for substantial growth in the market over the next two years. The inclusion of air to water heat pumps in the non-domestic scheme is particularly welcome, and something we have campaigned for over the past two years and puts this technology on a fair footing with other renewable technologies.

"There is much detail to digest, and in particular it looks likely that the domestic air source heat pump market will hit its degression trigger in the first year, but overall this is very positive news for the industry"

To see this press release with full notes to editors, please click here

On a seperate note, those wishing to join us at our free to attend Christmas Reception in the Houses of Parliament should email to sign up.

Micropower Council Launch ECO Position Paper

Wednesday, 20 November, 2013

The Government's ECO policy has been a campaign priority for organisations working in the energy sector throughout 2013. The Micropower Council membership has been focused on the delivery and reform of ECO and Green Deal policies throughout 2013. The reasons for industry interest in energy efficiency policy are several. Firstly, phase 1 of the ECO scheme "expires" at the Comprehensive 2015 Spending Review, with DECC consulting on the next phase in 2013; secondly, lessons had been learned during the roll-out of the first phase which it was felt could lead to improvement to the delivery of energy efficiency and the reduction of fuel poverty in the UK; thirdly, it was felt that with an increasing focus on affordable warmth and fuel poverty, microgeneration technologies could offer solutions alongside the energy efficiency rollout.

At the Autumn 2013 Labour Party Conference, Ed Miliband announced that a key promise for the Labour General Election 2015 Campaign would be to freeze energy bills, and the debate over energy (and energy efficiency) policy became a political priority. The Conservatives, in response, said they wanted to tackle rising energy bills by "rolling back" green levies1 and by making the energy market more open. ECO, which represents around £47 of the £112 identified by DECC as "green levies" on bills, is now subject to considerable scrutiny by the Coalition.

With the Chancellor's Autumn Statement 2013 approaching on the 5th December and the ECO 1.2/ECO 2 in development, the Micropower Council members moved to ensure that industry were responding to the pressing political agenda. After an initial workshop in September, a second industry workshop was held for the members of the Micropower Council (MPC) and the Association for the Conservation of Energy (ACE), which was attended by the Department for Energy and Climate Change (DECC).

The MPC's ECO paper summarises the proposals which resulted from industry discussions, along with some additional input drawn from key industry documents such as the recent UKGBC report into retrofit incentives. To access the document in full, please click here.