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Plaid Cymru debate on energy

The opposition parties called on the Welsh government to work more closely with the UK goverment to tackle fuel poverty during a Plaid Cymru debate on fuel on 14 November 2012.

They call on the Welsh government to establish a plan for upgrading the energy efficiency ratings of the entire Welsh housing stock, prioritising the fuel poor.

"The Fuel Poverty Coalition says that 300,000 homes are fuel poor," said Lord Dafydd Elis-Thomas opening the debate for Plaid Cymru.

"It is a substantial problem.

"I think it is high time for us to have more ambition, see the bigger picture and try to deal more broadly with this situation."

William Powell AM on behalf of the Liberal Democrats called for recognition of the UK Government's Green Deal that intends to ensure energy companies will be required, under the new Energy Company Obligation (ECO), to focus their assistance on the poorest and most vulnerable households and properties which cannot achieve financial savings without a measure of support.

Conservative AM Mark Isherwood called on the Welsh government to maximise the benefits of the UK Government's Green Deal policy.

Environment Minister John Griffiths AM said it was "heartening" to see consensus on the matter accross the chamber.

"I do think we need to ask if the UK government is going far enough," he added, saying the government had earmarked £30m in projects to retrofit homes to be more energy efficient.

He said that the Welsh government is "committed" to improving the situation.

The motion as amended was agreed.

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