Electricity demand-side measures

Inquiry status: Oral evidence concluded

Closure of coal and oil power stations, along with wider changes to the electricity mix over the next decade, are predicted to increase risks to the UK’s electricity security of supply. This problem can be addressed by, increasing the supply of electricity by building new power plant or importing it from abroad via interconnectors or, reducing the demand for electricity. This reduction in demand can be temporary (known as demand-side response (DSR)) or permanent (known as electricity demand reduction (EDR)). Both DSR and EDR are potentially important tools in helping the Government to achieve its goal of ensuring electricity is low cost, reliable and low-carbon. This inquiry will scrutinise the policies the Government is currently in the process of implementing to try and encourage the development of DSR and EDR.



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