Home Energy Conservation Act

The Home Energy Conservation Act (HECA) has been in place since 1995 and required the Council to submit a yearly progress report to the Government relating to energy efficiency and conservation measures relating to residential accommodation in the Council’s area.

Local authorities are uniquely placed to assess the needs of their areas and local residents and to act as catalysts for change. The Act recognises local authorities’ ability to use their position to improve the energy efficiency of all residential accommodation (such as owner-occupied, privately rented and social housing) in their areas.

New reporting requirements

In July 2012, the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) replaced the existing statutory guidance on the Home Energy Conservation Act (1995) with a revised version, which asks all English authorities with housing responsibilities to prepare a ‘further report’ by 31st March 2013, setting out: ‘the local energy conservation measures that the authority considers practicable, cost-effective, and likely to significantly improve the energy efficiency of residential accommodation in its area’.

Stevenage Borough Council's HECA Report

Stevenage Borough Council has drawn up its HECA further report setting out the energy conservation measures that the Council considers practicable, cost-effective, and likely to significantly improve the energy efficiency of residential accommodation in the Borough.

Future Reports

Under the Act, the Council is also required to provide progress reports on progress made in implementing the measures set out in the further report, at 2 yearly intervals after submission of the further report (by 31 March 2015, 31 March 2017, 31 March 2019 etc. up to and including 31 March 2027).