Friday, 17 September 2010

Centrica boss calls for a revolution in energy

The chief executive of the utility company Centrica has called for a
revolution in the UK's energy sector. Sam Laidlaw said the sector had seen
remarkable change in recent decades, but the next 10 years needed to see an
even greater transformation.

He called climate change "the most serious threat to our way of life".
Centrica would be spending £30m to enable an early rollout of the
government's "green deal", Mr Laidlaw also said. That proposal is designed to make the country's homes more energy efficient
through such moves as boiler replacement and cavity wall installation.

Mr Laidlaw's comments came in a speech made to the Royal Society for the
encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (RSA).

In order to avert the threat from climate change, the Government, opinion
formers and the consumer should get together to achieve a fundamental change
of mindset - and to recognise that investment would ultimately come from
consumers' own bills, he said.

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