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Ferris questions new energy scheme

28 November, 2011 - by Martin Ferris TD

The Sinn Féin spokesperson on energy, Martin Ferris TD, has questioned the new measures proposed by Minister Pat Rabbitte to improve home energy efficiency.

It is proposed to replace existing grant schemes with a form of loan in which households will access money to pay for improvements and then repay what they have saved on their energy bills.

Deputy Ferris said:

“The measures outlined by the Minister are not altogether clear yet and I would be concerned by the factoring in of loans to be administered through the banks.

“It is true that measures taken to date, and the large expenditure on various schemes and grants, have not tackled the issue of fuel poverty. That needs to be central to any plan to tackle both energy efficiency and the fact that a large and growing number of people are unable to pay their energy bills with all the consequences that has in terms of health and well being.

“The government was to have framed an innovative fuel poverty programme but I remain to be convinced in what way these proposals will be part of that. I look forward to questioning the Minister on these issues tomorrow in the Dáil”.

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