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14 Jul 2011 09:07:14

Mixed industry response to renewables roadmap

Mixed industry response to renewables roadmap
The government has laid out its UK Renewable Energy Roadmap for the eight technologies it sees delivering the country's low carbon future.

Reactions from members of the industry to the plans have been mixed, with some questioning the omission of solar PV technology.

Plans for how deployment of offshore and onshore wind, marine energy, biomass electricity and heat, ground source and air source heat pumps and renewable transport technologies will contribute to the 15 percent renewable energy target have been laid out.

However, solar PV technology is included with deep geothermal and hydropower in the "other" section, which will collectively only account for 14TWh of power.

Drax, the UK's largest coal-fired power station, welcomed the increased prominence of biomass, as did the Renewable Energy Association, which also praised the support for energy from waste technologies.

However, the solar industry has expressed confusion at the exclusion of the technology, with Seb Berry, head of public affairs at developer Solarcentury, saying it should have been nine technologies rather than eight.

He told BusinessGreen it was "surprising" solar PV was not included, as "the renewables roadmap makes it clear the government expects large-scale solar PV to be cost-competitive with offshore wind and dedicated biomass electricity generation". ADNFCR-1235-ID-800621285-ADNFCR

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