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Thursday, 18 September 2014

Boss of Cumbria car charge firm defends green schemes

THE director of the firm responsible for installing electric car charging points throughout Cumbria has rubbished David Cameron’s reported claims the government should “get rid of all the green crap” on energy bills.

Suzanne Burgess, director of Solway Renewables, said that view was “incredibly short sighted”.

She added: “Our national grid is at bursting point and is likely to stay that way for some time to come while new power plants are being developed and the power mix is being balanced.

“Millions of people have benefited from the ‘green crap’ and it’s hard to understand how any one of those millions can call for the removal of the green levy after they have had subsidised cavity or loft insulation installed that’s saving them an average of £300 off their fuel bills every year.

“If the levy and, therefore, the subsidised insulation programmes hadn’t been implemented, most people would be paying another £250/ £300 a year on their fuel bills. Tens of thousands of Cumbrian householders have taken advantage of these programmes since 1996.”

Citing an unnamed Tory source, The Sun newspaper said the prime minister was “going round Number 10 saying ‘we’ve got to get rid of all this green crap’.”

The source added: “He is totally focused on it. We used to say ‘Vote Blue, Go Green’. Now it’s ‘Vote Blue, Get Real’.”

A Downing Street spokesman said that they did not recognise the phrase attributed to the prime minister, but did acknowledge work was ongoing to roll back green levies.

Ms Burgess suggested a better way to save money would be to scrap the government’s “senseless” Green Deal scheme. She added: “What should be scrapped and should be scrapped immediately is the massively expensive, senseless bureaucratic disaster that is Green Deal.

“There have been 100,000 Green Deal assessments completed since January with only 219 households having measures installed via Green Deal.

“For a government who allegedly believes in removing red tape for business they couldn’t have made a project with excellent intentions more complicated to implement or more expensive for householders to take up.“

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