The Energy Company Obligation (ECO) requires large energy companies to help improve the energy efficiency of domestic homes by discounting the cost of improvement works. This applies to certain households who are struggling to pay their energy bills and are defined as being in fuel poverty. The Government has now given Local Authorities the ability to identify vulnerable households in their areas which could benefit from these improvements. The new scheme is called ECO Flexible Eligibility.

Suffolk’s Councils have jointly published criteria, in a Statement of Intent, enabling them to identify households that would benefit from such improvements under ECO flex. Improvements are often fully funded where the household meets particular criteria and is at risk of fuel poverty.

Suffolk’s councils welcome enquiries from energy companies and installers who would like to work with us under the ECO4 scheme.

Click here to access Great British Insulation Scheme and ECO4 Flex Statement of Intent template V7.0

The draft version of the ECO4 Flex Administrative guidance was published at the end of June, and can be viewed here. Ofgem are anticipating publishing the final guidance by the autumn; however, this is tentative and may change. Our Statement of Intent is based on the draft guidance and may therefore change in the future.

Any enquiries should be sent to:

Warm Homes Team

Tel: 0345 603 7686

Previous versions of Suffolk’s Statement of Intent that have been superseeded can be viewed below:

Version 1 – 31.03.2017 until 7.06.2017

Version 2 – 8.06.2017 until 31.12.2017

Version 3 – 01.01.2018 until 02.04.2018

Version 4 – 03.04.2018 until 31.03.2019 

Version 5 – 01.04.2019 until 30.06.2022 

Version 6 – 01.07.2022 until 06.11.2023