Last year's market intervention bombshell was always going to be a difficult act to follow for Labour. Something was needed to maintain momentum and it came in the unlikely disguise of energy efficiency.
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There had been plenty trailed about the energy announcements that were going to be made by the Shadow Energy Team at the Labour Party Conference. Of all the Shadow Cabinet in recent months, Caroline Flint has been the most vocal and damaging to government. But nothing could have prepared the industry for Ed Miliband’s announcement of a freeze on energy prices for 20 months from the General Election in 2015 if a Labour Government is elected.