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Renewables target hiked

The UK government is reviewing its renewable energy policy to examine how it can meet its target for renewables to meet 10% of electricity demand by 2010. The target has increased sharply from the previous Conservative government's aim of 2% . Speaking at a conference in Milton Keynes organised by the European Forum for Renewable Energy Sources (EUFORES) on June 16, energy minister John Battle said he is considering options for the longer term future of the Non-Fossil Fuel Obligation (NFFO). These could include offshore wind. "We want to consider which renewables are now ready to start to roll, which need to remain under the NFFO umbrella, and which ones to bring in, such as offshore wind and photovoltaics," he said. "In the short term the government will consult with the renewable energy industries on the fifth NFFO order with a view to announcing details later this year." But he warned that relying on NFFO is not enough. Through links to other government departments via R&D programmes, work of the research councils and the Technology Foresight programme, he hopes to promote a "trans-departmental approach."

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