Ruffley: 'Greening Suffolk - New measures to promote local green energy'

Tuesday, 11 July, 2006

David Ruffley MP has today welcomed proposals by the Government to make it easier for homes to install small-scale renewable energy, such as solar water heating or mini-wind turbines.

The move by the Government to change planning rules comes after a Conservative campaign to push for more green energy and micro-generation.

Recently David Cameron, Leader of the Opposition, made a major speech calling for:

• A level playing field between renewable and other forms of energy generation.

• Encouraging local generators to sell any spare electricity they generate back to the National Grid.

• Improving and streamlining planning procedures for green energy.

David Ruffley said:

'I welcome that the Government has responded to cross-party pressure to make it easier for homes in Suffolk and across the country to install renewable energy like solar panels or mini-wind turbines. Where the Government offers positive, constructive and reasonable policies, they will have my support.

'But the Government could do far more to promote green energy, rather than giving unfair subsidies to new nuclear power stations. I want to see us enhance our environment by seeking a long-term cross-party consensus on sustainable development and climate change- instead of short-term thinking or surrendering to vested interests.'

'Abbots Green Community Primary School in Bury St Edmunds is a fantastic example of how we can couple energy efficiency with a modern high tech environment. The school recycles rainwater to reduce mains usage, has a plant covered roof to aid insulation and is partly powered by solar panels.

'Dealing with green issues responsibly is one of the big challenges facing us today. This isn't about national politics it is about improving the environment and quality of life for future generations.'