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United Kingdom

DTI wants debate on long term renewables support

The government is seeking views on the longer term future of renewables support in Britain. It will consider these in its review of renewable energy policy to help it meet its target of 10% of UK electricity from renewables by 2010. Recognising that some less mature technologies will need the security of a NFFO type arrangement, the government appears willing to look at a fundamental shake-up of the existing NFFO mechanism. To set the debate rolling the DTI identified some options that it will be considering. Among the possibilities is extending the NFFO to a larger number of renewable technologies such as photovoltaics; including an open band offering a fixed price for more mature technologies; use of seasonal or "time of day" pricing; and introduction of pre-conditions -- for example, requiring planning or other consents before awarding a NFFO contract.

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