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17 Nov 2010 11:11:10

UK 'on track to meet renewable energy targets'

UK 'on track to meet renewable energy targets'
The UK is on track to meet its 2020 renewable energy targets, providing proposed developments are given planning permission, according to a new report by National Grid.

Analysis by the company shows that 29,000 MW of renewable transmission connected generation capacity is needed to meet the 15 percent renewable energy target in the next decade. The renewable target in Scotland is much higher at 80 percent.

Agreements currently in place to connect both existing and proposed projects to the grid mean 31,950 MW will be added to the transmission system by 2020, which would exceed the current target.

However, although reforms have allowed earlier connection dates for some projects, National Grid warned that further changes are still needed for these proposed projects to come to fruition.

Currently, only 20 percent of the developments in the pipeline have been granted planning permission.

National Grid said that both reform of the energy market, to encourage investment, and changes to the planning system must be made.

Nick Winser, National Grid executive director, said: "There is no room for complacency, and there is no time for delay. Government, the regulator Ofgem and industry will have to work together like never before to see this happen." ADNFCR-1235-ID-800240564-ADNFCR

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