New research has found that a third (34%) of UK businesses would like the next government to prioritise decreasing business energy costs.

The survey, conducted by YouGov on behalf of npower Business Solutions, tested priorities under the “energy trilemma” – the balance between security of supply, affordability and decarbonisation. It was found that just under half (47%) felt affordable energy was the most important element, followed jointly by enhanced energy security (19%) and the move to a low-carbon economy (19%).

Around 15% of respondents said that increasing the value and opportunities for being flexible around energy use should be prioritised. This would include incentives for reducing energy consumption at peak times, known as demand side response.

The survey also found that 30%  of businesses called for the next government to prioritise renewable energy sources over non-renewable power.

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