New energy secretary backs clean power – Friends of the Earth reaction

Reacting to new energy secretary Ed Davey’s support for clean energy today, announced at the Building Research Establishment (BRE) testing facility for green homes near Watford, on his first ministerial visit since replacing Chris Huhne, Friends of the Earth’s, executive director, Andy Atkins said:  “Ed Davey’s enthusiasm for renewable energy is encouraging – he now has a crucial opportunity to build a safe and affordable future for us all.

“Investing in clean British energy and cutting energy waste is the best way to tackle the threat cash-strapped homes and businesses face from the nation’s dangerous dependency on expensive fossil fuels.

“One of his first challenges must be to sort out the mess the government has made of its solar cuts – amending these disastrous proposals and safeguarding up to 29,000 jobs currently under threat must be a top priority.”