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Blair orders energy review

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Prime Minister Tony Blair has initiated a review of UK energy policy to develop an energy strategy that is consistent with the country's other long term goals-such as environmental objectives and security of supply. The review is to be undertaken by the Performance and Innovation Unit (PIU), which reports direct to Blair. Energy minister Brian Wilson will head an advisory group to the project. "The work the PIU has already started on resource productivity and renewable energy will be an important input into this project," says Blair, referring to a study by the PIU into how £100 million of new renewables funding should be allocated. The review will consider the role of gas, coal, oil and renewables, as well as combined heat and power and energy efficiency, says Wilson. It will also consider what, if any, role nuclear should play. "In future we expect to become increasingly dependent on imports of fuel and particularly gas ... And in the longer term, we will need to reduce our carbon emissions," he adds. "Competitive markets will continue to be central to energy policy. The aim of the review will be to define objectives within that framework." The PIU is to report its conclusions to Blair by the end of the year.

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