Carbon Trust comment on UK government launch of £20 million Electricity Demand Reduction Pilot

Reducing peak time electricity demand is an absolutely critical part of delivering a secure, low carbon energy system at the lowest cost, helping to keep the lights on in the UK. And improving energy efficiency frequently comes with a rock-solid business case, so the decision to invest in it seems like it should be a no-brainer. But we know that despite this businesses and public sector organisations often don’t recognise or act on the opportunity. The Carbon Trust has supported the design of the new £20 million Electricity Demand Reduction Pilot, and we would urge organisations to see whether they can take advantage of this scheme. This will help to make the business case for energy efficiency even stronger, allowing organisations to achieve returns on investment earlier than they would have otherwise.

- Paul McKinney, EDR Project Director at the Carbon Trust

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