Big Six must ramp up insulation, says Huhne

Big Six energy suppliers have been told to “pull their finger out” by the Energy Secretary. Chris Huhne said they must ramp up their efforts to insulate British houses if […]

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By Vicky Ellis

Big Six energy suppliers have been told to “pull their finger out” by the Energy Secretary. Chris Huhne said they must ramp up their efforts to insulate British houses if they are to hit government targets for the industry by 2012.

Energy companies were told last year to boost how much help they give to people to insulate under the government’s Carbon Emissions Reduction Target.

Mr Huhne spoke out as new DECC figures revealed that almost 300,000 homes have so far installed loft and cavity wall insulation over the past three months.

However, he said that more must be done, and faster: “Energy companies need to pull their finger out and get on with offering even more energy saving help to British households.”

Mr Huhne added: “The companies have made good progress to date, but they are going to have to accelerate their lagging rates if they’re each going to hit their targets by the end of the next year.”

DECC estimates that firms need to double their monthly installment rate from last year’s average of 100,000 to 200,000 if they are to hit the insulation target.

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