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27 Jan 2011 09:01:09

UK energy policy 'could delay renewable energy investment'

UK energy policy 'could delay renewable energy investment'
A new "dash for gas" could be created by the UK's energy policy, delaying investment in renewable technology, a government committee has warned.

Some £200 billion will be needed to upgrade the country's energy infrastructure in the next decade to meet renewable energy and carbon reduction targets, according to the Department of Energy and Climate Change.

This investment will be accompanied by six draft National Policy Statements (NSPs) intended to improve planning for energy projects, however it has been argued these do not place enough emphasis on low-carbon developments.

The Energy and Climate Change Select Committee warn in a new report if too large capacity for gas generation is allowed to develop this could "crowd out opportunities for renewables to form a substantial component of the UK's energy mix".

Chair of the committee Tim Yeo said the NSPs could leave the UK "dangerously dependent on fossil fuels", adding if the country intends its energy infrastructure to be suitable in the long-term then "new rules are needed to fast track energy projects through the UK’s notoriously glacial planning system".

The country is aiming to generate 15 percent of its power from renewable energy sources by the year 2020, which requires a seven-fold increase in renewable energy consumption from 2008 levels.  ADNFCR-1235-ID-800367804-ADNFCR

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SimHull wrote:

27 Jan 2011

This is nothing new as we all had predicted it. And we should remeber that Gas is also a fossil fuel.

The pessimism rather than the optimism is evident in this brief introductionto the item which is published elsewhere.

I would like to see how the £200,000 million has been calculated for it is nigh impossible to spend that amount of money from a standing start in TEN YEARS! Please define how it can be done.

In the background therefore why has it not been considered to also tap in to the surplus electricity from Iceland that is available from Hyfro-Electric and Thermal-Electric sources. The country cannot be that afraid of becoming reliant on this source of energy, for if that is the case the Gas link to Norway (with its limited 12 year life-sopn of gas availability) would never have been built. Again any comments would be welcomed.

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