Energy Debate Heats Up At Heat 2013
By Anne Lewis-Schneider
Heating that is affordable is necessary not only for homes but is also vital to businesses. The majority of emphasis is placed upon gas and electricity and often heating takes a back seat where consumers are concerned but heating is an integral part of all households and the business sector. More attention needs to be given to ways of encouraging green forms of heating in Britain where the winter temperatures can plummet and consumers who fall into the category of energy poverty would benefit massively from green solutions.
2013 is the second year in which the Heat 2013 conference will be held and is there to explore all facets of heating concerns. This conference is being hosted by the Energy Institute in collaboration with CHPA. The aim is to bring government decision makers and leaders in industry around the table. Companies that have been invited to attend include E.ON, the DECC, Green Investment Bank, Mitsubishi Electric and National Grid. It is hoped that bringing these groups together with government will allow for meaningful discussions and solutions to the very real need for a stable solid supply of heating to all British homes and businesses that need it.
The debate is set to begin on November 27th this year and four main themes will be up for discussion and debate. The questions that need to be answered are by no means easy, nor do they have any quick fix solutions, but the most important factor is that dialogue will be opened. To extrapolate on the main topics of discussion, they will encompass the following themes. The question on how to involve consumers in the heat transformation agenda will be put forward. It is important that the consumer have a say in heat supply. Another topic for debate will be methods of ensuring affordable heating throughout business, industry and the private sector. The matter of creating and achieving an infrastructure for investment needs to be addressed as well as the criteria for investors. The final topic will be on how to get government, industry and householders to form a mutually beneficial partnership in heating for the benefit of all sectors in the UK. Anyone wishing to attend this conference may obtain tickets from the website and issues that need to be raised in Heat 2013 can be viewed in an upcoming blog before the conference is scheduled to begin.
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