DECC Local Authority Competition

This competition aims to cut heating costs by installing measures like efficient boilers and insulation.

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The Local Authority Competition closed in 2012.


In 2012 the Department of Energy & Climate Change (DECC) launched a Local Authority competition, which closed to applications on 30 November 2012.

DECC has awarded £46 million to projects across the country to help reduce fuel poverty, boost energy efficiency and encourage collective switching and purchasing across the country.

The £46 million has been allocated in 3 areas:

  • £31 million to help vulnerable householders keep warm this winter
  • £10 million to kick start the Green Deal with ‘Pioneer Places’ projects
  • £5 million to set up collective switching schemes – ‘Cheaper Energy Together’

DECC Local Authority Competition 2012/13 projects awarded funding (PDF, 313KB, 11 pages)

Read the press notice: £46 million boost for 132 local energy schemes.


Bids for each of the competitions were judged separately against a range of criteria including:

  • value for money
  • impact on fuel poverty
  • potential to generate further investment

Local Authority competition guidance pack (PDF, 180KB, 37 pages)

A live webchat took place on Tuesday 13 November 2012 at 10am. You can watch a complete replay of the event: Local Authority webchat.

Further background information is available on the National Archives website.

Published 24 January 2013