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Volume 974: debated on Monday 26 November 1979

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asked the Secretary of State for Energy what is his latest estimate of the potential savings from energy conservation in 1980, 1990 and the year 2000, respectively.

Estimating "potential" savings with precision is always difficult. However in "Energy Projections 1979", recently published by my Department, it was assumed that the impact of energy conservation would reduce consumption by about 20 per cent. in the year 2000. This would be additional to the effect of normal technological progress.


asked the Secretary of State for Energy when he expects to announce further initiatives aimed at achieving greater energy conservation and a more rational use of energy.

In accordance with this policy, we have recently announced a modification of the homes insulation scheme to cover public sector tenants and to give special assistance to pensioners; an extension of the energy survey scheme to assist consideration of combined heat and power schemes in industry; and our intention to introduce a Bill later this Session to take powers relating to several energy conservation measures.