Government urged to increase target for renewable energy

Proponents of renewable energy have welcomed a report by the House of Commons Select Committee on Energy which suggests that the Government should increase its target of 1,000MW of renewables capacity by the end of the century to 3,000-4,000MW. The Committee also advocates changes to the present system for promoting investments in the renewables. But supporters of energy-from-waste and tidal power will not be happy with the report.1

The report is an important contribution to the present phase of the debate on the renewables. Last autumn appeared to mark a watershed in official attitudes when the Government announced that the capacity of wind, hydro, energy-from-waste and other technologies receiving financial support under the non-fossil fuel obligation (NFFO) was being raised by 457MW to a total of 560MW. In the process, the Minister then responsible for renewable energy

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