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14 fewer power stations built because of demand-side investments

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, a report has found.

The report – published by the Association for Decentralised Energy (ADE), with the help of energy secretary Edward Davey – shows the significant effect that demand-side investments have made in delivering more economic growth for less energy, saving industrial, commercial and public consumers £37.2bn every year.

ADE 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 per 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 £5.6bn and make the UK a more attractive place to do business.”

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