The government has allocated £1.7 million to support the planning and promotion of renewable energy in regions across Britain. The money is being distributed to successful bidders via the regional Government Office network. Energy minister Brian Wilson explains: "We need better planning for renewables in all parts of the country in order to help us reach proposed regional targets. Achieving these targets will be crucial to meeting our national target of 10% of electricity from renewable sources by 2010." He adds that renewables are still a relatively new concept in some parts of the country, so many of the initiatives funded will increase public knowledge and understanding and enable the sharing of best practice experience. The funds come from a £100 million pot of money allocated in 2001 for renewable energy development. The successful bids include funding for conferences for local planners, studies to identify and evaluate sites for renewables, public attitude surveys, developing a strategic planning tool, and developing regional and local renewables targets.
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