Energy secretary Flint visits MK

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Energy efficiency and cutting fuel bills was top of the agenda for Labour’s Shadow Energy Secretary, Caroline Flint MP, on a visit to the National Energy Centre in Knowlhill on Thursday.

The Shadow minister joined Andrew Pakes, Labour’s Parliamentary Spokesperson for the city, to meet staff at the National Energy Centre and to find out more about their work on renewable energy and helping households to cut their fuel bills.

The pair met United Sustainable Energy Agency CEO Brad Hook to discuss their work on the Green Deal and to see first hand the centre’s renewable energy projects, including solar panels and ground source heat pump. USEA works with businesses, councils and housing associations to help design and manage energy saving schemes.

The average household now pays £1,345 per year for gas and electricity, and the typical dual fuel bill rose by more than 20 per cent last year. Despite competition between different companies, the complexity of the different products on offer means that four in five households are over-paying on their gas or electricity bills.

Andrew Pakes, Labour & Co-operative Parliamentary Spokesperson for Milton Keynes said: “Despite better weather in recent weeks energy bills are one of the biggest costs families face. Soaring energy bills are driving up inflation and contributing to the cost of living crisis affecting many families and pensioners. It was a privilege to have Caroline visit us in Milton Keynes and to show her the excellent work being undertake at the National Energy Centre.”

Brad Hook, Chief Executive of the United Energy Services Agency, said: “It was great to have Caroline visit USEA and have the opportunity to explain our exciting plans for the Green Dale and the continued success of the agency.”