Lighter Later

On Friday 3rd December the Daylight Saving Bill is scheduled to have its Second Reading in the House of Commons. Although the Bill is not available online yet I understand it will seek to require the government to conduct an assessment as to whether there is merit in moving our clocks permanently forward by one hour so that there will be lighter evenings and darker mornings. Depending on the outcome of that assessment the Bill would provide for a three year experiment to take place so that the effect of the change could be assessed in practice.

What do readers think?

5 thoughts on “Lighter Later

  1. ‘Researchers at Cambridge University told the Energy and Climate Change Committee that the UK could save up to 447,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions annually by better aligning the waking hours of the UK population with the daylight available. Researchers said the savings would be equivalent to taking 172,000 cars off the road.

    Officials from National Grid added that the measure could potentially ease the UK’s path to producing 15 per cent of energy from renewable sources by 2020, because extending BST would flatten peak demand.

    Keeping BST could reduce peak electricity demand in autumn and spring by 1GWh, the equivalent of the hourly output of a large power station, they said’.

    These seem like very good reasons for having the trial that is proposed. If it saves people money, when power bills are rising, then it has to be considered.

  2. David,

    Please could you update us on how you voted on this in Parliament?

    The proposal would be a great benefit in Bury. The main reason is that in Winter, children and adults would not be walking home in the dark. It would save lives each year and prevent serious injuries by making the roads safer. This in turn would save the NHS huge sums of money through reducing road casualties.

    It would lower our electricity bills by increasing the hours of available daylight and reducing peak power demand.

    It would mean that workers would not arrive and leave work in the darkness, and extend the hours of daytime light for older people.

    I hope that you will support the plans as they go through Parliament.

    Tom

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