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Energy Minister launches MEUCs national Carbon and Credit Roadshow


David Kidney

The MEUC's Credit and Carbon Roadshow visited Central London, Heathrow, Bristol, Manchester, York and Birmingham during November. Afternoon Executive Briefings brought delegates up to date with the MEUC's Energy Credit Action Group and the Government's Carbon Reduction Commitment Energy Efficiency Scheme.

Energy Minister David Kidney MP launched the series at the Stationers’ Hall in the City of London on November 17th. Here are his programme notes:

"I am pleased to introduce today’s roadshow organised by the Major Energy Users’ Council. I hope you find this afternoon helpful and that it provides an opportunity for you to express your views on these topical energy issues.

My Department has received various reports of some customers having difficulties in maintaining credit terms in their energy supply contracts in the aftermath of the Credit Crunch. The MEUC through its Energy Credit Action Group has been engaging with suppliers, the trade credit insurers and customers to see how this situation can be rectified. Today’s roadshow forms a key part of that process reaching out across the country to explain the situation, suggest ways in which consumers can help themselves and give opportunity for customer feedback.

Next year marks the introduction of the Carbon Reduction Commitment Energy Efficiency Scheme which involves many of the organisations represented here today. This landmark scheme forms an important part of the Government’s strategy to reduce Britain’s emissions. The second part of this afternoon’s programme gives opportunity to bring you up to speed with the latest developments.

DECC, together with the Department for Business Innovation and Skills (BIS) and the regulator Ofgem are pleased to support the roadshow programme. It is also heartening to see so many suppliers and other organisations here as the transition to the low carbon future requires a team effort with us all working together to safeguard our environment."

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