Support for renewable energy in the UK should be extended to offshore wind schemes, says the British Wind Energy Association (BWEA). The proposal is one of a number of suggestions in a submission to the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) in which the BWEA pushes for changes to the Non-Fossil Fuel Obligation, the system of premium priced power purchase contracts for renewables schemes. The BWEA calls for a separate sub-band for small wind projects "not built on land." This would ensure an infant technology with very large potential benefits for the UK is given a foothold, it says. Offshore wind was dropped from the DTI's programme of research and development last year when the government revised its renewables strategy, estimating that electricity from offshore turbines would be twice as expensive as onshore wind energy. The technology was lumped with others such as tidal and geothermal that are remote from commercialisation.
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