In Parliament >> Lowering demand

17th July 2012


Author

IEMA

Alan Whitehead, MP for Southampton Test, asks why energy efficiency is missing from the draft Energy Bill

The committee on climate change’s latest report reveals how much more we will have to do to meet our CO2 emissions targets.

Given this, you might expect to see some stern demand-reduction measures and incentives in the new Energy Bill currently being looked at in draft form by the energy and climate change committee prior to its passage through parliament next year.

The Bill, which is to be the main measure to push the energy market into low-carbon mode, focuses on how we meet the requirements of more capacity and is surprisingly shy on detail about the imperative of demand reduction.

As a member of the committee, I will be looking to see how the legislation might incentivise demand management by redistributing variable power, such as wind generated when not needed, through interconnectors to the continent so that we can share demand two ways. I also hope to see support for new electricity storage capacity, such as pumped hydro, which can store and supply electricity for when it is most needed.

But demand management is not necessarily demand reduction. What we should be incentivising is permanent energy-use reduction through what might be called demand-side feed-in tariffs. These require an aggregator to manage the process and ensure efficient recording of “start dates” for energy reduction. Capacity-reduction rewards then follow on from the remeasurement of consumption on a regular basis.

A recent report from Green Alliance estimates that using incentives to cut demand still works out three times cheaper than paying for the equivalent in additional generation.

We will have to wait and see whether any demand-management and reduction incentives make it into the final Energy Bill. If they don’t, we will have missed an opportunity to really lower carbon emissions through not emitting them at all.

Subscribe

Subscribe to IEMA's newsletters to receive timely articles, expert opinions, event announcements, and much more, directly in your inbox.


Transform articles

How much is too much?

While there is no silver bullet for tackling climate change and social injustice, there is one controversial solution: the abolition of the super-rich. Chris Seekings explains more

4th April 2024

Read more

One of the world’s most influential management thinkers, Andrew Winston sees many reasons for hope as pessimism looms large in sustainability. Huw Morris reports

4th April 2024

Read more

Vanessa Champion reveals how biophilic design can help you meet your environmental, social and governance goals

4th April 2024

Read more

Alex Veitch from the British Chambers of Commerce and IEMA’s Ben Goodwin discuss with Chris Seekings how to unlock the potential of UK businesses

4th April 2024

Read more

Regulatory gaps between the EU and UK are beginning to appear, warns Neil Howe in this edition’s environmental legislation round-up

4th April 2024

Read more

A project promoter’s perspective on the environmental challenges facing new subsea power cables

3rd April 2024

Read more

Senior consultant, EcoAct

3rd April 2024

Read more

Five of the latest books on the environment and sustainability

3rd April 2024

Read more

Media enquires

Looking for an expert to speak at an event or comment on an item in the news?

Find an expert

IEMA Cookie Notice

Clicking the ‘Accept all’ button means you are accepting analytics and third-party cookies. Our website uses necessary cookies which are required in order to make our website work. In addition to these, we use analytics and third-party cookies to optimise site functionality and give you the best possible experience. To control which cookies are set, click ‘Settings’. To learn more about cookies, how we use them on our website and how to change your cookie settings please view our cookie policy.

Manage cookie settings

Our use of cookies

You can learn more detailed information in our cookie policy.

Some cookies are essential, but non-essential cookies help us to improve the experience on our site by providing insights into how the site is being used. To maintain privacy management, this relies on cookie identifiers. Resetting or deleting your browser cookies will reset these preferences.

Essential cookies

These are cookies that are required for the operation of our website. They include, for example, cookies that enable you to log into secure areas of our website.

Analytics cookies

These cookies allow us to recognise and count the number of visitors to our website and to see how visitors move around our website when they are using it. This helps us to improve the way our website works.

Advertising cookies

These cookies allow us to tailor advertising to you based on your interests. If you do not accept these cookies, you will still see adverts, but these will be more generic.

Save and close