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‘Affordable’ energy deal prompts calls for energy saving investment

23 Nov 2012
  • Deal over energy policy opens the door to new investment across the energy sector
  • Secretary of State reaffirms commitment to keep ‘bills affordable for consumers’
  • Energy efficiency investment ‘vital’ to protect competitiveness of UK economy and household budgets

The Government has today announced an agreement over energy policy that paves the way for £110bn of investment in energy infrastructure in the period to 2020. In making the announcement, the Energy Secretary, Rt. Hon. Ed Davey MP has reinforced the Government’s commitment to ensuring that the market reforms to be introduced in next week’s Energy Bill are affordable for energy consumers across the economy.

Graham Meeks, Director of the CHPA and a founding member of the Energy Management Alliance commented on today’s announcement:

There is no escaping the fact that the costs of Electricity Market Reform will feed through to consumers’ bills. But there has to be more to securing affordability than the crude sticking plaster of a Levy Control Framework.

“The enduring and rational response to rising electricity prices must be a sustained drive for investment in energy saving. Using less energy has a far greater and longer lasting effect than shaving a few pence off the price of it. It is vital that next week’s Bill creates an energy market that will stimulate investment in demand-side measures, truly minimising costs to households and maximising the competitiveness of the UK economy.

“In practical terms this means that key features of EMR, such as the Capacity Mechanism, are designed to bring forward a raft of demand-side measures. This offers the most cost-effective means of safeguarding supplies of electricity to consumers.

“We look forward to working with the Government in bringing forward practical proposals in the Energy Bill that can deliver real energy savings – helping businesses’ bottom line and making public sector budgets go further.”


For further information please contact:
Graham Meeks
Combined Heat and Power Association
Tel: 020 3031 8740
Mob: 07802 242 498

Notes to editors:

Energy Management Alliance members
The following members of the Combined Heat and Power Association (CHPA), Energy Services & Technology Association (ESTA) and Association for the Conservation of Energy (ACE) are part of the Energy Management Alliance:

About the Energy Management Alliance
The EMA aims to develop a greater understanding of the value and capabilities of the energy management sector, in order to maximise the contribution it can make to the economic, social and environmental goals for the UK economy. The Alliance works to ensure that the value to the energy system and to society of energy service provision, as opposed to unit-based energy supply, are recognised; that demand and supply-side energy services are treated in an integrated and equitable manner in UK energy policy; and that this approach is provided with appropriate facilitation and support to realise its full potential across the UK economy.

Energy Management Alliance (EMA) members deliver a comprehensive, tailored approach to all aspects of customers' onsite energy infrastructure and operations (heat, electricity, water, air), from audit to design, finance, build and operate. This includes demand-reduction, demand response, energy procurement, decentralised generation, behaviour development, operation and maintenance (O&M), measurement and verification (M&V)