Renewable energy's future blowing in the wind

As much as 20% of the UK's current electricity demand could be supplied by renewable energy by 2025, according to the Government's Renewable Energy Advisory Group (REAG).1 Its report has disappointed the renewables industry and environmental groups by recommending only a 50% increase in the official target for renewables capacity by the end of the century - but they have generally welcomed its proposals for changes in the support arrangements for the renewables.

REAG was set up in 1991 to review the Government's strategy for stimulating the development and commercialisation of renewable technologies "wherever they have prospects of economic viability and environmental acceptability". It was initially expected to report in spring 1992.

Its recommendations, together with those of a report by the now defunct House of Commons Select Committee on Energy (ENDS Report 207, p 26

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