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New body set up to remove barriers

A new body is to be set up by the government and the energy regulator to help remove some of the barriers faced by small green generation. The new Embedded Generation Co-ordinating Group is to follow up recommendations suggested to help small generators-such as wind, small hydro and combined heat and power (CHP)-that are distributed or "embedded" in local distribution networks. The group will address how small embedded generators can contribute to overall power needs, how they are charged for using the network and how network operators could make information about connection more transparent. These were identified as key issues impeding fair access to the network in a report by the Embedded Generation Working Group. The new group is to be jointly chaired by the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) and Ofgem. "Small environmentally friendly generators have a crucial role in the UK's green revolution," says energy minister Brian Wilson. "Failure to address the barriers to small generation could compromise the government's renewable and CHP targets for 2010."

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