02 Mar 2010 09:03:03
Renewable energy project planning speeded up
The government launched its new planning regime for energy projects yesterday (March 1st).
Up to 22 million homes across the UK could have their electricity supplied through projects which will be kick-started by the new Infrastructure Planning Commission (IPC).
According to the Department of Communities and Local Government, up to 17 schemes are already being considered, including wind farms and power stations, which collectively have the capacity to power "more than three-quarters of all the homes in the UK".
John Healey, the planning minister, said: "In the next 15 years we will need to replace about a third of our electricity generating capacity to keep pace with demand, and make much greater use of renewable energy or we will fail to meet our ambitious low-carbon goals.
"A new generation of green energy infrastructure is necessary to reduce carbon emissions, and will need to be delivered in a way that takes into account the needs of local communities and the natural environment."http://tinyurl.com/ydzexyd