‘Big gaps’ in policy to reduce electricity use

An energy efficiency study suggests much of the surge in power use expected by 2030 as the economy electrifies could be avoided.

Only a third of the potential for reducing demand on the UK’s electricity supply will be realised by 2030 without new policies in key sectors, says a draft study commissioned by the energy and climate department (DECC).1

The study, intended to inform DECC’s current review of energy efficiency policies, also found that 40% of the 115 terawatt hours of abatement potential it identified by 2020 would not be delivered given current and planned policies.

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