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ADE publishes energy user advice

31 January 2019

FMs and service providers dealing with energy management can glean more information on relevant policies in the latest report from the Association for Decentralised Energy (ADE).

The association has found that the requirements of energy users is often overlooked, resulting in "a patchwork of overlapping, poorly coordinated and confusing policy choices".

It further states that the choices made by energy users will "increasingly determine whether decarbonisation commitments are met".

Active involvement of energy customers is now essential to meeting the aims of decarbonisation of the UK's energy system, says the ADE.

With the UK aiming to continue to change to a decentralised, flexible energy system, the traditional centralised method is increasingly seen as out of date.

The ADE has therefore published the Solving the energy policy puzzle for users report to highlight multiple policies with the same aim with inconsistent eligibility rules.

Authors of the report also state that the emphasis on output over outcome also needs to be addressed.

Placing consumer perspectives at the heart of new design policy, combined with other measures, could help to reduce the cost of decarbonisation by £8bn by 2030, says the report.

Additional changes advised by the ADE include allowing energy users to compete  to increase their involvement and rewarding those providing a service to the system, along with delivering greater clarity on all aspects of policies and frameworks.

Further information on the ADE report can be found here.

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