OFTEC Cautiously Welcomes New Energy Secretary

8th February 2012
The Oil Firing Technical Association (OFTEC) has cautiously welcomed the appointment of Ed Davey as Energy Secretary, and his pledge to address the problem of high power bills which have soared over the last five years. He is set to announce plans which will allow homeowners to group together to buy cheap gas and electricity at reduced rates.

However, OFTEC is worried that the 1 million oil heating customers in the UK may not get a fair deal under the Green Deal proposals put forward by Mr Davey's predecessor Chris Huhne.

OFTEC's Director General Jeremy Hawksley said, "We've already expressed concern over whether the Green Deal proposals will address problems of fuel poverty in rural areas, and would like to see Mr Davey include bio-liquids for heating in any plans to make homes in the countryside greener."

With around a quarter of rural households in fuel poverty, many will not be able to afford to install expensive renewable technologies such as solar panels or heat pumps. Neither will they be able to repay the loans proposed under the Green Deal. Households who are already using oil could however switch to bio-liquids at very low capital cost, subject to adequate handouts being made available by Government.

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