The Scottish government has been urged to tackle bills from energy suppliers as well as reducing demand – by heightening its investment into nationwide efficiency. By spending an additional £100 million each year, a reasonable figure says the economy, energy and tourism committee, it would enable Scotland to overhaul its energy policies and reduce the number of people living in fuel poverty, reported the Scotsman.
Liberal Democrat MSP, Iain Smith who organised the committee, added that existing nuclear power stations in Scotland may also have to have their lives extended in order to avoid having to build new ones – as the government was once again criticised for refusing to consider a potential role for nuclear power in the country’s energy future.
Energy minister Jim Mather pointed out that the Scottish government is dedicated to energy issues and reiterated that energy efficiency is one of the core elements of the government’s plans whereby Scotland leads the UK in terms of renewable energy generation.
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