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Great Yarmouth company welcomes offshore announcement

The government has announced that it is to give more backing to offshore wind power after pledging to cut support for onshore wind and solar energy.

The Great Yarmouth firm CLS employs around 200 people, working in the oil and gas, wind energy and nuclear sectors.

Their Managing Director Scott McMillan says that it's good news for the company:

"Today's announcement is a real shot in the arm for us in the East.

This region's unique in that it works with all the different types of energy and it's this mix that will be vital in providing this country's future energy needs.

Anything that gives us more investment is obviously very welcome."

– Scott McMillan, Managing Director at CLS

Offshore energy sector in the East handed a boost after government cut onshore funding

The government has announced that it is to give more backing to offshore wind power. Credit: PA

The government has announced that it is to give more backing to offshore wind power after pledging to cut support for onshore wind and solar energy.

The news has been welcomed by those working in the offshore sector in our region.

Today, Chief Secretary to the Treasury Danny Alexander announced that from 2015, set prices for offshore wind power will be increased while those for onshore and solar energy will be cut.

Chief Secretary to the Treasury Danny Alexander today announced a switch in focus to offshore energy. Credit: PA

Our region is at the forefront of offshore energy with work soon to start on developing the East Anglian array off the Norfolk and Suffolk coast - the world's largest offshore wind farm.

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Lincs MP reshuffled out of Energy department

Lincolnshire MP John Hayes has been moved out of the Department for Energy & Climate Change in a reshuffle Credit: Matt Crossick/Matt Crossick/Empics Entertainment

The south Lincolnshire MP John Hayes is leaving the energy department to become the Prime Minister's senior parliamentary adviser.

Mr Hayes, the MP for South Holland and The Deepings, publicly clashed over policy with the Liberal Democrat Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change Ed Davey.

Conservative Michael Fallon has now added responsibility for energy to his brief in the business department.

John Hayes will become a Minister without Portfolio based in the Cabinet Office. He will also be appointed to the Privy Council.

Energy Secretary talks to ITV News Anglia about collective switching schemes

The Energy Secretary Ed Davey has been speaking to ITV News Anglia about collective switching schemes, which many councils are now using to help people save money on their energy bills.

Using the free schemes people can join a collective bargaining group, who go straight to energy suppliers for a better deal. The average saving is £150 a year.

Councils go collective to help with energy bills

With spring just around the corner many people will be glad to see the back of a pretty chilly winter, and especially those who are struggling to pay their energy bills.

With this in mind more and more councils in our region are doing their bit to help people. One example is a free service which asks people to join a collective bargaining group, then goes straight to energy suppliers on people's behalf to get a better deal. The average saving is £150 a year.

ITV News Anglia's Luke Farrington has been seeing if people are getting value for money.

For more information on the scheme featured in Luke's piece you can go to the Norfolk Big Switch and Save website.

And click on the links to read about similar schemes in Suffolk, Peterborough, Hertfordshire, and Luton.

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