Lessons must be learnt from this fiasco. It is right to attempt to cut carbon emissions but more thought needs to be put into how it can be made to work long-term. As David Cameron no doubt realised five years ago, when it emerged his briefcase arrived in a car while he cycled to work, claiming to be part of the green revolution requires more than a soundbite.
In Britain in 2011, money is scarce and has to be used prudently. It was evidently not well-used by South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue. The sooner people in executive positions across the public sector start acting with more care, the better. Poor decisions taken during the "boom" years will find notoriety as the pain of the spending cuts is felt more widely.
As more green energy technologies come into operation, it is vital that decision-makers take time to understand how they work, or they risk looking like they are jumping on a bandwagon. Political leaders should guard public money as if it were their own, or face having their spending power removed.