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Government to offer bigger benefits to the wind farm industry

Communities that host onshore wind farms could benefit from reduced electricity bills and investment in local infrastructure, Energy Secretary Edward Davey said today.

The Department of Energy and Climate Change has launched a consultation into how communities could benefit from having wind farms near them which could boost the green industry and create new jobs.

The community benefits consultation will seek new information on how wind farms could deliver wider environmental and social benefits to communities.

It is aimed at encouraging participation by local businesses in the economic supply chain for wind projects as well as providing new employment opportunities for the renewable industry.

Energy Secretary Edward Davey said: “This new call for evidence will look at ways to reward host communities and ensure that wider investment, employment and social benefits are felt locally.

“We must also ensure that our policies are based on the best available evidence, so that consumers are not over-subsidising any one technology. That’s why we are seeking new evidence on the cost of onshore wind.”

Energy Minister John Hayes said that the new consultation is evidence that both parties in the Coalition are alive to the need for fresh thinking about the green economy.

Mr Hayes said: “Appropriately sited onshore wind has a role to play, but if we’re to make this work in a way that garners popular support, we’ve got to see a big improvement in how developers engage with local communities, new ways of ensuring a sense of local ownership and more obvious local economic benefits.”

Renewable Industry Praises Delay to Solar Tariff Cuts

 

The UK’s renewable industry has welcomed the announcement by Energy Secretary Ed Davey not to go ahead with scheduled reduction in solar tariffs which would have badly hit the solar PV sector.

Solar does not only protect homeowners from rising energy bills, but it also delivers a great return on investment. The cost of solar power has been coming down faster than any other energy generation technology, the Renewable Energy Association confirmed.

Commenting on the decision to help the renewable industry, Energy Minister Greg Barker said the Government is “listening carefully to industry” and that this delay gives industry the opportunity to reignite the solar market and grow further.

“It is very encouraging for the future that Government is listening to industry concerns, but we need certainty as soon as possible on the details of when and what the next tariff adjustments will be.”- Chief Executive of the Solar Trade Association (STA), Paul Barwell, said.

Juliet Davenport, Founder and CEO of Good Energy which is the UK’s only 100% renewable electricity supplier commented that solar is a great opportunity for the generation of renewable energy and a powerful way of giving households greater control over their energy bills.

Ms Davenport said: “Already we’re seeing how solar makes a natural partner for more intermittent forms of renewable generation, like wind. That’s going to become more and more important in years to come, and it’s time to invest today for the energy market of tomorrow.”

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The Government’s investment for UK renewables to reach £2.5bn

New figures released by the European Commission as an update on countries’ performance against renewable energy targets by 2020 suggest around 12,000 jobs will be created across the UK through renewables investment announced in 2011.

The Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) has released new figures outlining significant investment in renewable energy projects during fiscal year 2012. The new data indicates that with three months still to go until the end of this fiscal year, companies have announced plans for almost £2.5bn of investment in renewable energy projects.

Energy Secretary Chris Huhne believes that renewable energy projects are not only important to reduce UK’s carbon emissions but also to stimulate economic growth and create jobs.

Mr Huhne said: “Renewable energy is not just helping us increase our energy security and reduce our emissions; it is supporting jobs and growth across the country, and giving traditional industrial heartlands the opportunity to thrive again.”

The figures for the UK show the country has increased its renewable energy consumption 27 per cent from 42.6TWh in 2008 compared to 54TWh in 2010.

However, this is still a long way of the 15 per cent target imposed by the EU for 2020. The report also showed that wind generation rose 46 per cent from 7TWh in 2008 compared to 10.2TWh in 2010.

Insisting on UK’s commitment to meet renewable energy targets set by the EU, Mr Huhne highlighted the importance of renewables for the economy and businesses in the UK.

“Our renewable target is less demanding than other EU member states, but the effect is bringing real jobs and investment,” said the Energy Secretary. “I do not want the UK to be left behind by turning our back on the green economy. The agreement to negotiate a global deal secured at Durban has reinforced major nations’ commitment to cutting carbon. We cannot afford to stand alone while the world wises up.”

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