Tackling fuel poverty priority for UK energy efficiency sector

Fuel poverty is a priority for the government’s energy efficiency plans. That’s according to the Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department of Energy and Climate Change Lord Bourne […]

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By Jacqueline Echevarria

Fuel poverty is a priority for the government’s energy efficiency plans.

That’s according to the Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department of Energy and Climate Change Lord Bourne of Aberystwyth.

He was speaking at the home energy efficiency and demand reduction hearing at the House of Commons today.

He added: “Fuel poverty is a big challenge. The government is really pushing forward to focus on the most vulnerable.”

Lord Bourne claimed one million houses in the country are isolated but 2.3 million householders still can’t heat their homes.

He insisted the Energy Company Obligation (ECO) programme will help tackle this problem and achieve the energy trilemma.

Lord Bourne also said expectations of the Green Deal programme, which was scrapped last summer, were very big and the savings were not great but he doesn’t believe it was a “political failure”.