Massive incentives to promote demand side investment – ADE

A new report from the Association for Decentralised Energy (ADE) has highlighted the benefits of backing demand side investment as a means of promoting energy efficiency in the UK.

Generating energy locally and using it more efficiently has allowed the UK to avoid building 14 new power stations, the equivalent of half the UK’s current power generating capacity, according to the report, launched on Monday by energy secretary Edward Davey.
Ed Davey
The report shows how demand side can deliver more economic growth for less energy, saving industrial, commercial and public consumers à‚£37.2 billion every year.

Association for Decentralised Energy Director Dr Tim Rotheray said: “Cutting energy waste using demand side services delivers economy wide benefits: Supporting 136,000 jobs, cutting carbon emissions by 462 million tonnes a year, and reducing our dependence on imported energy by two thirds. These investments are distributed and often unseen but taken together have a huge impact on the UK economy.”

“Despite these considerable achievements, new energy policy often repeats the same patterns, taking a centralised approach to solving the energy challenge and overlooking the substantial contribution that users and individual actions can make.”

“With a clear, simple policy approach that values these smaller contributions, demand side services can help consumers do even more to cut waste, improve competitiveness and reduce emissions. By 2020, we could save consumers a further à‚£5.6 billion and make the UK a more attractive place to do business.”

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