More than one in ten small businesses now generates electricity on-site, according to new figures that underscore the increasing shift towards localised power production in the UK. The Federation of Small Businesses said that 12% of its members generated their own power, primarily using solar panels, which have boomed in recent years thanks to Government subsidy schemes. However, the group said ministers must do more to encourage other firms to follow suit to help meet the UK’s climate change targets while also addressing fears about Britain’s reliance on energy imports. Some 86% of FSB members were concerned about import dependence, with just over half calling for the UK to aim for full self-sufficiency, it said. It called on the Government to “urgently” produce a new strategy, known as a “carbon plan”, setting out how it would ensure secure energy supplies and also hit climate targets that require the UK to slash its emissions.
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