United Kingdom

United Kingdom

Government renewables obligation consultation results

The government has published an analysis of responses to its preliminary consultation on proposals for an obligation on electricity suppliers to buy a proportion of their power from renewable sources. Key issues are the cost of the obligation to the consumer, whether or not to support energy from waste in the obligation, the proposed level of capital grants for offshore wind and energy crops, the treatment of imports, support for longer term technologies and the profile of the obligation up to 2010, according to energy minister Peter Hain. The Department of Trade and Industry had received more than 200 responses to its consultation, he reports. "It is encouraging that our proposed policy has met with broad support from the industry and public," says Hain. He adds that the government would be making final proposals in a statutory consultation in May, before laying the order for the obligation before the House of Commons.

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