Ed Davey launches APSE Energy in Parliament
A powerful collaboration of local authorities came together to launch APSE Energy on 11 June 2014 in Parliament.
The event was hosted by Dr Alan Whitehead MP, chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Renewable and Sustainable Energy Group, and the keynote address was given by secretary of state for energy and climate change Ed Davey. The meeting, attended by more than 60 representatives from local authorities and affiliated organisations, was chaired by councillor Leon Unczur of Nottingham City Council and APSE national chair 2013–14, and was also addressed by David Kilduff, partner and head of energy, infrastructure and government at Walker Morris (APSE’s legal partner in this initiative), Paul O’Brien, chief executive of APSE, and Mick Lovatt, corporate director for environment at Preston City Council.
Davey forcefully articulated his support for the initiative as part of the armoury to help address the issues of lowering energy prices, decarbonising power generation and keeping the lights on. Fuel poverty was recognised as a critical area of attention for local government and he announced that a new fuel poverty strategy would be launched shortly, recognising a pivotal role for local authorities…
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