The Scottish Parliament’s Economy, Energy & Tourism Committee has called on both the UK and Scottish governments to make the reduction in demand for energy a priority.

In a new report entitled Plugged-in Switched-on Charged-up: Ensuring Scotland’s Energy Security, the MSPs called on the Scottish Government and energy regulator Ofgem to produce a demand reduction strategy as a “matter of urgency”.

The committee welcomed the introduction of smart meters throughout the UK.
But MSPs also called for clarity on the costs and benefits of the revised transmission charging regime, which is due to commence in April.

Changing behaviour

Murdo Fraser, the Conservative MSP who convenes the committee, said: “Reducing the demand for energy is often talked about in the context of climate change but not in the debate for ensuring we have enough electricity to keep the lights on.

“During this inquiry, we heard that the reduction of demand for energy can play a key role in increasing the resilience of our energy supply by rewarding consumer behaviour to drive changes.

“It was clear that authorities at all levels need to work harder to make it easier for people to change their behaviour. As a committee we want to see energy reduction urgently made a priority.”

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