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'Green Deal will be delivered', assures Huhne

By Chris Taylor, on 11 July 2011

Energy Secretary Chris Huhne has denied that a delay in the government's Energy Bill will affect its flagship Green Deal energy efficiency scheme being passed into law.

Yesterday it was confirmed that the Energy Bill would not be completed before the government's summer recess, much to the dismay of builders, electricians and tradesmen everywhere.

Should the Bill have been completed, it would mean that the government's energy efficiency program, the so-called Green Deal, could have been implemented much sooner, Inside Housing reports.

Under the Deal, householders would be able to apply for free energy efficiency improvements to their homes, with the costs repaid through fuel bill savings. This would have generated hundreds, if not thousands, of new refurbishment opportunities for tradesmen in the process.

Today energy secretary Chris Huhne came out fighting, claiming that the delay would not affect the Green Deal.

"We are determined to hold to the October 2012 deadline for the launch of the green deal and are working to ensure that we meet it," he said.

There has already been condemnation of the reigning party from opposition ministers such as UK shadow energy secretary Meg Hillier.

Writing for the Guardian, she quipped: "We should not be surprised. Ministers at the Department for Energy and Climate Change (DECC) have lost their argument with the government's business managers, and the centrepiece of climate change policy has been sidelined."

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