The energy markets will need a good dressing down if the public are expected to regain trust and commit to energy efficient behaviour. These were the words of Shadow Secretary for Energy and Climate Change Meg Hillier MP, speaking at an Energy Networks Association fringe event at the Labour Party Conference yesterday.
Mrs Hillier said that trust had to be improved to enact change and reassure customers: “We have a great opportunity to create green jobs, drive green growth and to empower customers to change the way they use energy. By empowering them to take control they can also reduce the cost to them.”
Dave Openshaw, from the ENA, the industry body for UK wires and pipes companies, called on greater action from policy makers to reduce our energy usage: “The industry is driven by policy and the decisions about how we generate and use energy. More work will be needed to manage demand and we must fill the valleys of usage not increase the peaks if we are to have an affordable energy future.”