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It is vital that the right balance is achieved

The latest figures on fuel poverty make encouraging reading.

And they also provide condensing boilers with more positive coverage than has previously been the case in the national press, following the issues with frozen condensate pipes in winter.

There is concern, however, that the figures only cover up to the close of 2010. As we are now half way through 2012, one wonders why we are being presented with figures that are 18 months old.

It would be far more helpful to know the results for last year, looking at the effect of price hikes and comparing the impact of increased uptake of renewables.

The HVAC industry is having to embrace change at an unprecedented rate, as well as facing continued economic difficulties across a number of areas, so the need for up-to-date information is paramount.

Meanwhile, Electricity Market Reform proposals were published by the DECC last week. As outlined in this issue’s cover story, government claims and figures are being disputed.

It is vital, of course, that the right balance is achieved, especially for the continued uptake of renewable energy. And there’s not long to wait for the publication of the Gas Market Reform proposals, due in the autumn.

This issue also features an overview of the British Lung Foundation, this year’s charity partner at the H&V News Awards, which has a special focus on asbestosis this year – a disease that continues to affect many in our industry.