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Energy Policy Working Group comes up with ‘Bright Ideas’ 30 July 2008

The Department of Trade and Industry is pleased to announce the launch of a new venture called ‘Bright Ideas’ which is a mobile advice centre designed to raise awareness about energy efficiency and to showcase ideas and demonstrate ways in which Isle of Man residents can save energy and lower their fuel bills.

‘Bright Ideas’ is the brainchild of the Energy Policy Working Group but getting it to the launch stage has involved other key stakeholders including the Manx Electricity Authority, Department of Home Affairs, the Office of Fair Trading and the Department of Local Government and the Environment.

Mr Juan Turner, MLC, DTI Member with responsibility for Energy and Chair of the Energy Policy Working Group, explained:

“ ‘Bright Ideas’ aims to stimulate interest, and ultimately change behaviours, in how we use energy within our homes. Incorporated as part of a Department of Home Affairs’ vehicle, ‘Bright Ideas’ is essentially a mobile energy-saving centre providing information and advice to Isle of Man residents. We will be attending various events this year such as the Royal Manx Agricultural Show and look forward to assisting people to reduce their energy use and so reduce emissions and lower their energy bills.”

The launch of ‘Bright Ideas’ complements the excellent work of the Green Centre, Chester Street, Douglas which opens on Saturday afternoons to provide information on energy efficiency. The mobile advice centre enables the message to be spread further as part of a Island-wide strategy.

Minister for Trade and Industry, Hon David Cretney MHK, commented,

“I am grateful to the members of the Energy Policy Working Group and to colleagues across Government who have collaborated together and enabled ‘Bright Ideas’ to come to fruition. My Department is leading the development of energy policy in the Isle of Man and this initiative can only help to improve awareness about energy efficiency. This will not only stimulate further debate but also help consumers reduce energy consumption which is the area I believe we can make the most impact in the short-term.”

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