Letter: Andrew Warren Chairman, British Energy Efficiency Federation; Your report “Tough decisions loom on green energy” (January 23) is based on a false premise. It assumes that demand for electricity will just keep on rising. Such inexorable growth has always been the official outlook. As indeed it was a decade ago, when today’s usage level was projected to be up by 15 per cent or more. Instead, across 10 years electricity consumption has dropped by more than 16 per cent, a differential of over 30 per cent between those forecasts and reality. That dramatic trend has occurred even without the assistance of any very purposeful drive for greater energy efficiency – which, as your article grudgingly concedes, is now to be a prime feature of the prime minister’s new environment policy. That is surely the best choice to “keep the lights on” of all.
FT 27th Jan 2018 read more »