(ADPnews) - Oct 7, 2010 - The Scottish Government plans to reduce energy waste by 12% in the coming 10 years, outlining a transition to green power as a major step in that direction.
One of the proposed measures is to award grants of GBP 10 million (USD 16m/EUR 11.4m) to councils to provide free insulation and advice to 100,000 Scottish households, BBC News wrote yesterday.
If the goal is reached, some GBP 2 million in energy bills could be saved, the government estimates. According to other estimates, for every GBP 3 spent on electricity in Scotland GBP 1 could be wasted on weak efficiency and lack of insulation , a spokesman for First Minister Alex Salmond said. "So as well as having an energy strategy focused very much on sustainability in terms of energy production, an equally vital objective is sustainability in terms of consumption," he added.
Campaign and lobby group Association for the Conservation of Energy (ACE) welcomed the government strategy though it defined its as "long-overdue".
On September 23, the Scottish government lifted the target on the share of electricity from renewable sources to 80% by 2020 from the previous 50% target, set in 2007. A week ago, Scotland vaunted ambitions to source 100% of its electricity from renewables by 2025.
(GBP 1 = USD 1.594/EUR 1.141)
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