Local Authority Involvement
with Energy Conservation
in the United Kingdom
This chapter examines the involvement of local authorities in the U.K. with energy conservation, both in actuality and in the potential role they could play in pursuing national energy conservation objectives. At present government policy is inappropriate for encouraging the development of this potential, through its reliance on exhortation and the realistic pricing of fuels, its emphasis on in-house activities, and its failure to address the institutional obstacles that confront U.K. local authorities.
The U.K. government's energy policy has been based traditionally on a supply-orientated ideology. Since the second oil crisis of 1979, the government has relied fundamentally upon the realistic pricing of fuels and the effective operation of the market mechanism to secure the long-term energy needs of the nation. A corollary to this approach has been that energy conservation will occur when the individual consumer deems it to be in his economic interest. Central government reinforces its position by declaring that there is no alternative--the behavior of millions of individual consumers cannot be influenced effectively otherwise ( Lawson 1982). Serious shortcomings with this policy have
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Publication information: Book title: Consumer Behavior and Energy Policy:An International Perspective. Contributors: Eric Monnier - Editor, George Gaskell - Editor, Peter Ester - Editor, Bernward Joerges - Editor, Bruno LaPillonne - Editor, Cees Midden - Editor, Louis Puiseux - Editor. Publisher: Praeger. Place of publication: New York. Publication year: 1986. Page number: 98.
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