Latest Public Sector News


New proposals could pay for energy savings

Firms could be paid to cut their energy use, the Government has proposed, as the Energy Bill is due to be published today.

The Bill includes extra investment in gas, renewables and nuclear power. The Government has suggested that a 10% reduction in electricity demand could produce savings of around £4bn in 2030, which would more than compensate for the upfront cost of efficiency investment.

Proposals to save energy and reduce costs will also be announced, including paying companies for each kilowatt-hour saved through energy-saving measures such as low-energy lighting and offering financial incentives to encourage people to buy efficient equipment for homes and businesses.

Energy-intensive industries could also be exempt from additional costs arising from the transition to low-carbon energy. Investment in green power generation is to increase to £7.6bn, from £2.35bn.

An estimated £110bn is needed in the next decade to renew the UK’s ageing electricity infrastructure, and the UK is intended to supply 30% of its electricity from renewables by 2020.

Energy secretary Ed Davey said: “The Coalition Government is absolutely determined to help cut energy bills for consumers, reduce costs for businesses and bring down our emissions. We need to make our energy supply fit for the 21st century, and in a world of rising gas prices we must power our homes and businesses in a much more efficient way.

“If you look at all our energy policies together with energy efficiency for example and our reforms to tariffs, we believe that people’s bills will be lower in 2020 than they otherwise would have been because of the way we’re helping people save energy.

“There’s a real challenge in this decade because we’re going to see lots of power stations coming to the end of their life.

“Decarbonisation should not mean deindustrialisation. Energy-intensive industries are an important part of the UK economy. There would be no advantage – both for the UK economy and for global emissions reductions – in simply forcing UK businesses to relocate to other countries.”

Tell us what you think – have your say below, or email us directly at [email protected]


There are no comments. Why not be the first?

Add your comment

public sector executive tv

more videos >

last word

Prevention: Investing for the future

Prevention: Investing for the future

Rob Whiteman, CEO at the Chartered Institute of Public Finance (CIPFA), discusses the benefits of long-term preventative investment. Rising demand, reducing resource – this has been the r more > more last word articles >

public sector focus

View all News


Peter Kyle MP: It’s time to say thank you this Public Service Day

21/06/2019Peter Kyle MP: It’s time to say thank you this Public Service Day

Taking time to say thank you is one of the hidden pillars of a society. Bei... more >
How community-led initiatives can help save the housing shortage

19/06/2019How community-led initiatives can help save the housing shortage

Tom Chance, director at the National Community Land Trust Network, argues t... more >


Artificial intelligence: the devil is in the data

17/12/2018Artificial intelligence: the devil is in the data

It’s no secret that the public sector and its service providers need ... more >