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Renewable Energy

Part of Energy and Climate Change – in the House of Commons at 9:30 am on 19th March 2015.

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Photo of Peter Lilley Peter Lilley Conservative, Hitchin and Harpenden 9:30 am, 19th March 2015

I note that my right hon. Friend does not give any costs for the extra capacity required for when the wind does not blow or the sun does not shine and the extra transmission lines required to transmit from long distance. Will he confirm that those costs are not included in the £7.6 billion levy control framework, despite the fact that the former power director of the National Grid puts them at £5 billion a year? If they were included, the potential total cost of all the subsidies could be £500 per household per annum.