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Conservative party greens its energy agenda

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As part of its new "Blue Green" agenda, Britain's opposition Conservative party has outlined a more environmentally friendly direction for its energy policy. The Conservatives are to launch a Green Energy Commission that will draw up policies for producing power from renewable sources. The commission comprises representatives from the major renewable energy trades associations, including two from the British Wind Energy Association. Shadow Environment Secretary Archie Norman accuses the Labour government of being "all mouth and no delivery" on green energy. Norman points out that Labour's axing of the NFFO support system (Windpower Monthly, March 2000), makes it difficult for new offshore projects to be built. "Schemes such as these are vital if Britain is to hit its international commitment of a 12.5% reduction in carbon dioxide emissions by 2010," he says.

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