Energy Bill: What about efficiency?

The lack of coverage for energy efficiency in the Government’s long-awaited Energy Bill has left some in the energy industry scratching their heads. This week Energy Secretary Ed Davey gave […]

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By Vicky Ellis

The lack of coverage for energy efficiency in the Government’s long-awaited Energy Bill has left some in the energy industry scratching their heads.

This week Energy Secretary Ed Davey gave the draft Bill to Parliament which laid out the set of policies to encourage investment in low carbon energy.

For smart meter provider Itron, “It was as if a piece of the circle was missing. It didn’t reflect fully a balanced view,” said Nigel Hughes, Director of Energy UK at the global firm.

Mr Hughes told ELN: “We’d have liked to see more of a push and support for energy efficiency and recognition of the aggressive targets which are being worked on by the smart meter industry, with the rollout beginning in 2014.”

Others such as Caroline Lucas, leader of the Green party are proposing an energy efficiency Feed in Tariff.

The Brighton Pavilion MP said: “The energy bill must introduce mechanisms – such as a feed in tariff for energy efficiency – to equalise support for demand reduction and energy saving as a matter of priority.”

DECC says such a policy is being considered.

A spokesperson said: “The Government recognises that the cheapest way to decarbonise and secure supplies of electricity is not only to build new power stations: reducing demand for electricity can lower carbon emissions and is likely to be more cost-effective than building additional generation capacity.

“The Energy Efficiency Feed-in-Tariff is one idea that some stakeholders have proposed. It is being assessed as part of this work.”