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Cutting costs with microgeneration 'to get easier'

Households looking to cut their energy bills could find it easier as the Scottish government moves to make it easier to install microgeneration devices.

People wishing to install certain microgeneration devices, such as ground source heat pumps and biomass boiler systems, will no longer require planning permission, under plans revealed by finance secretary John Swinney.

Following a consultation, the government has decided to introduce Permitted Development Rights, to cut out the bureaucracy or people installing some technologies.

Mr Swinney said: "These new measures will slash red tape and help householders cut their energy bills. They will also help reduce emissions at a time when we all need to play our part in tackling climate change."

Not all microgeneration technologies have been included in the scheme and wind turbines and air source heat pumps are the subject of a further inquiry to see if they should be included.

Scotland aims to generate 20 per cent of its energy from renewables, with Alex Salmond keen to make the country an international hub for renewables.

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