Shadow Secretary says solar cuts are "idiotic"

The new Shadow Energy and Climate Change Secretary has attacked the Coalition’s energy policy today and questioned the recent Feed-in Tariff review which has been “cut off at the knees […]

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By Tom Gibson

The new Shadow Energy and Climate Change Secretary has attacked the Coalition’s energy policy today and questioned the recent Feed-in Tariff review which has been “cut off at the knees with just six week’s notice.”

Referring to Energy Secretary’s Chris Huhne’s recently announced slashing of subsidy Caroline Flint said to Parliament: “It’s his cuts that will exclude nearly nine out of ten people from having solar power. It’s his cuts that will stop solar power for families living in social housing and… it is his cuts that will mean solar power, once again, becomes the reserve of a wealthy few… The FiT is not fair. The only reason the FiT needs reform is because this Government has handled it so badly.”

However the Tories were quick to question the recent Labour Government’s energy policy. Laura Sandys, MP for South Thanet said: “We have lacked an energy policy for thirteen years.”

The Labour party used the Opposition day notion to voice their concern over current energy policies. Members brought up the delayed Green Deal and questioned the suddenly reduced number of jobs forecasted through green technologies by the current Government.