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Norwich MP will scrutinise important Energy Bill

May 23, 2011 6:00 PM

Norwich South MP Simon Wright has been appointed to the Public Bill Committee which will be scrutinising the Energy Bill.

Mr Wright said:

"I'm really pleased to have this opportunity to play a role in making sure this important piece of legislation is delivered.

"The flagship policy in the Bill is the 'Green Deal', a pay-as-you-save scheme which will allow householders, private landlords and businesses to borrow finance upfront to make energy efficiency improvements, paid for by savings made on energy bills. It has the potential to make a huge contribution towards reducing the energy we use to heat our homes.

"The Bill includes measures to encourage landlords to improve the energy efficiency ratings of their properties before they're let to tenants. This would make a big difference to many of Norwich's students and the large numbers of people who live in private rented accommodation in our City."

The Public Bill Committee, of which Mr Wright is a member, will finish receiving written evidence until Tuesday 21st June. The Committee is expected to meet for the first time on Tuesday 7th June.

Mr Wright added:

"The Bill also includes measures to force energy companies to help some of the most vulnerable consumers and encourage the roll out of smart metering. Smart meters will allow us all to make informed decisions about our energy use.

"Over the next few weeks I will be working with colleagues from all parties to make sure that this legislation will make a real difference for people in Norwich."

Constituents who wish to contact Simon Wright MP about the energy bill can e-mail office@simonwright.org.uk, write to his office at 2 Douro Place, Norwich, NR2 4BG or call on 01603 627660.

Further information:

· The deadline for the submission of written evidence to the Public Bill Committee is Tuesday 21st June.

· The Committee will sit for the first time on Tuesday 7th June.

· Measures in the Energy Bill would:-

- establishes a new obligation on energy companies to help certain groups of consumers, who need extra support, with saving energy

- facilitates the roll-out of smart meters

- widens access to energy performance certificates makes information on energy bills clearer

- introduces measures designed to help improve energy security and to encourage low carbon generation

- grants additional powers to the Coal Authority to charge for certain services.