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HIES hails record high renewables output

A third of the UK’s total electricity supplied in 2018 was from renewable sources, pushing fossil fuels to an all-time low, according to new environmental analysis.

The Home Insulation & Energy Systems Contractors Scheme (HIES) welcomed the findings on renewables. The report also showed that the amount of energy consumed was at its lowest level for 25 years, giving a clear indication that homeowners are influencing the market through how they use power.

Based on government figures, the report from environmental analysis website Carbon Brief shows that the contribution from renewable energy has combined with energy efficiency measures to reduce the demand for electricity. 

“These figures are very encouraging,” says Adrian Simpson, director of policy for HIES. “We believe they show that consumers are growing increasingly astute in how they use electricity and that can only be a good thing.

“From solar panels through to electric cars, more and more people are looking to alternative methods for cleaner, more cost-effective fuel. At the same time, homeowners are opting to upgrade older, inefficient appliances, such as fridges and vacuum cleaners, to the top A-rated electricals. 

“These changes, as well as large numbers of homes converting to low-energy LED light bulbs, has substantially lowered the demand for energy. They also help the government to meet reduced carbon emission targets.

“It’s important that renewable energy sources continue to be combined with efficient appliances in order to maintain this trend of decreased electricity usage and the fact that consumers are getting more savvy bodes well for the future.

“However, as positive as these figures are, it doesn’t mean that we can rest on our laurels. As an organisation, HIES will continue to lobby the government and key decision-makers in the industry to encourage further advancements in the use of renewable energy to cut UK greenhouse gas emissions.”

Mr Simpson concludes: “We are dedicated to ensuring that consumers of renewable energy products are fully protected and that HIES-accredited installers are the cream of the crop. We’re also committed to working with our members to promote the benefits of the industry.

“This study shows that by working together we can all help to achieve a bright future for renewables.”

16 January 2019

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