Energy Company Obligation — [Nadine Dorries in the Chair]

Part of the debate – in Westminster Hall at 3:57 pm on 11th March 2014.

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Photo of Huw Irranca-Davies Huw Irranca-Davies Shadow Minister (Environment, Food and Rural Affairs) 3:57 pm, 11th March 2014

My hon. Friend makes an important point. There has been a great deal of talk about large-scale, area-wide schemes, but there are other aspects that the Government ought to be supporting, such as the co-operative approach. I recently visited south Staffordshire community energy scheme, which worked in concert with the Energy Saving Co-operative and Lichfield district council. It focused on four properties initially but had a plan to roll the work out. There was tremendous success for the initial four properties, but that group is waiting for the Minister to give clarification before it can do any more, and so has stopped. The stability has gone.