Scotland targets reduction in business energy bills

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The Scottish government has unveiled plans designed to tackle power consumption in the country's industries and drive down business energy bills.

Its primary aim is to reduce energy use by 12 per cent in the next decade, in addition to existing targets of producing 80 per cent of power through renewable methods and cutting carbon dioxide by 42 per cent by 2020.

As well as saving significant amounts of cash on energy bills, businesses will be in a position to employ some 10,000 extra people as a result of the changing power market, it is hoped.

First minister Alex Salmond said: "We must help lead a revolution in energy efficiency - tackling demand and improving the efficiency of our homes, transport systems and energy use right across the public and private sectors."

Duncan McLaren, chief executive of Friends of the Earth, recently said Scottish companies were best placed to trigger a fall in business energy costs.

Posted by Jim Tidy

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