A PIONEERING energy centre in Capenhurst has been hailed ‘incredibly impressive’ by Government minister Ed Miliband.
The Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change was given a tour of the new Energy Innovation Centre at Capenhurst Technology Park on Friday.
Mr Miliband met leading energy chiefs and inventors who are working together to create cutting-edge technologies for the energy sector.
The centre, based at world-renowned EA Technology, aims to create 30 new companies and 100 new jobs by 2013.
Mr Miliband said: “It’s incredibly impressive and has big ambitions about changing the ways we receive energy and providing customers with more information about energy, the costs they face and help them to manage their energy better and save them money.
“I’ve seen some fantastic technology. To have EA here in Capenhurst is very important, they are thinking about the future of energy and are showing practical ways we can save people money and do well by the planet.”
Denise Massey, director of the Energy Innovation Centre, said: “To have the Secretary of State for Energy visit the Energy Innovation Centre and witness at first hand the exciting work of talented and innovative North West companies and inventors within the energy sector was fantastic.”
Robert Davis, CEO of EA Technology, said: “Hopefully Mr Miliband has gained a real insight into how innovation can create a new network to meet the challenges we face over the next few years.”
The visiting party included borough MPs Andrew Miller, Christine Russell, MEP Arlene McCarthy and European candidate Teresa Griffin.
Prior to the Capenhurst visit, Mr Miliband met Blacon Community Trust and residents to talk about their Sustainable Blacon project.