02 Feb 2011 12:02:13
FoE: Govt renewables policy has an information gap
The UK's energy policy has an "information gap", according to Friends of the Earth (FoE), which claims the hole is likely to leave investors in renewable power hesitant.
Currently, the UK is aiming to generate 15 percent of its power from renewable sources by the year 2020.
Scotland has set itself a much higher individual target of 80 percent, while Wales has a slightly different aim of generating seven terawatt hours of power from renewable energy by 2020.
The Northern Ireland Executive, meanwhile, recently announced plans to generate 12 percent of all electricity from indigenous renewable sources by 2012.
However, Mike Childs, head of the climate change campaign at FoE, warned these targets require a "very substantial change", as currently levels of deployment are very low.
He added that, although the government is currently carrying out a consultation into the energy market, "at the moment, the proposals don't look as though they will give sufficient confidence to investors in renewable energy to put the money into the technologies and into deployment".