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Results 181–200 of 4000 for in the 'Written Answers' speaker:Charles Hendry

Written Answers — Energy and Climate Change: Wind Power (18 Jun 2012)

Charles Hendry: DECC does not routinely monitor wind farm noise complaints. Reported noise complaints are investigated by local authorities who have a duty to manage neighbourhood noise and nuisance under the Environmental Protection Act 1990. Compliance with conditions relating to wind turbine noise form part of the deemed planning permission, and are enforced by the local planning authority (LPA). Some...

Written Answers — Energy and Climate Change: Wind Power (18 Jun 2012)

Charles Hendry: The support for wind turbines in 2010-11 was £660 million (£400 million for onshore wind and £260 million for offshore wind). This support came from the Renewables Obligation scheme for electricity generation, rather than direct payments to landowners or developers, which are commercial matters for wind farm developers.

Written Answers — Energy and Climate Change: Wind Power (18 Jun 2012)

Charles Hendry: I am aware of concerns about the impact of wind turbines on the tourist industry, but overall there is no compelling evidence to date of actual negative effects on tourism. Recent research by Visit Scotland(1) has confirmed earlier research which showed that the presence of a wind farm would not affect the decisions of the vast majority of tourists about where to visit or where to stay. I am...

Written Answers — Energy and Climate Change: Wind Power (18 Jun 2012)

Charles Hendry: We support the introduction in 2011 by RenewableUK, the main wind trade body, of a Community Benefit Protocol. The Protocol specifies a benefit package worth a minimum of £1,000 per megawatt in England, per year of installed wind power during the lifetime of the wind farm (typically 25 years). The decision on how the funds will be allocated will rest with the community living in the vicinity...

Written Answers — Energy and Climate Change: Wind Power (18 Jun 2012)

Charles Hendry: None. The Government believes that the planning process should include real and meaningful engagement and collaboration between developers and communities, local organisations and businesses. This ensures that local views can be considered as early as possible in the planning process and the potential for establishing local and wider benefits identified.

Written Answers — Energy and Climate Change: Wind Power (18 Jun 2012)

Charles Hendry: Government continues to support the use of the approach set out in ETSU-R-97 for wind farm noise assessments. In June 2011, DECC published an independent report(1) on matters arising from the consideration of noise impacts when determining wind farm applications in England. This found that current guidance (ETSU-R-97) is fit for purpose but recommended that further good practice guidance is...

Written Answers — Energy and Climate Change: Wind Power: Burton Latimer (18 Jun 2012)

Charles Hendry: I would be happy to meet my hon. Friend to discuss this issue.

Written Answers — Energy and Climate Change: Wind Power: Carbon Emissions (18 Jun 2012)

Charles Hendry: Approximately 9.3 million tonnes of carbon dioxide was displaced by electricity generation from wind in the UK in 2011, which is the most recent period for which the figures are available. This figure was calculated using the total amount of electricity generated by wind projects multiplied by an estimate of the amount of carbon dioxide emissions per GWh of electricity supplied for a...

Written Answers — Energy and Climate Change: Wind Power: Northamptonshire (18 Jun 2012)

Charles Hendry: Load factor information is not available on a county basis. In Q4 2011, the latest period for which these data are available, the load factor for the UK was 37.8%(1). Regional data for 2011 will be published in ‘Energy Trends’ in September 2012. (1) Data are produced on a quarterly basis and available in Energy Trends, which can be downloaded from:...

Written Answers — Energy and Climate Change: Wind Power: Planning Permission (18 Jun 2012)

Charles Hendry: The Government has not set fixed guidelines as to how close offshore wind farms can be built to the shoreline. Applications are treated on a case by case basis and detailed site-specific information and analysis will be required before a consent decision is taken. The environmental sensitivity of coastal areas is not uniform and the visual acceptability of wind farms close to shore will vary...

Written Answers — Energy and Climate Change: Wind Power: Rural Areas (18 Jun 2012)

Charles Hendry: I noted this publication with interest. With regard to its recommendations, we have taken action to address concerns over the impact of the siting of wind turbine development. In England, the Government's new National Planning Policy Framework makes the local plan the keystone of the planning system. Through the framework and the wider changes under the Localism Act, the Government have put...

Written Answers — Energy and Climate Change: Carbon Emissions (14 Jun 2012)

Charles Hendry: The electricity market reform White Paper of July 2011 set out the Government's commitment to work actively with relevant developers to enable early investment decisions to progress to timetable wherever possible, including those required ahead of implementation of the feed-in tariff with Contracts for Difference (CfD). The draft Energy Bill contains a number of provisions which would enable...

Written Answers — Energy and Climate Change: Coryton Oil Refinery (14 Jun 2012)

Charles Hendry: The administrators of Coryton Oil Refinery have contacted the Department on 15 May in respect of the provision of government assistance for the refinery. These representations are necessarily commercially confidential.

Written Answers — Energy and Climate Change: Coryton Oil Refinery (14 Jun 2012)

Charles Hendry: The Department has assessed the implications for (a) the security of UK fuel supply and (b) UK energy resilience of the potential closure of Coryton Oil Refinery. As part of this process the Department has been in close contact with fuel suppliers who use Coryton. London and South-East England are served by a number of supply points and suppliers have plans in place to maintain their fuel...

Written Answers — Energy and Climate Change: Energy Supply (14 Jun 2012)

Charles Hendry: National Grid, as the National Electricity Transmission System Operator, is responsible for ensuring electricity supply and demand are balanced in real time. The electricity market reform White Paper recognised there will be new challenges to the balancing of supply and demand of electricity in future as a result of changes to the generation mix and demand profiles as we decarbonise. We...

Written Answers — Energy and Climate Change: Energy: Coventry (14 Jun 2012)

Charles Hendry: Data on spend on energy bills is available from the Living Costs and Food Survey, run by the Office for National Statistics (ONS). The following table shows the average weekly spend on electricity, gas and other fuels for households in the West Midlands, along with the proportion of total household expenditure that this accounts for. The data are shown as three-year averages because sample...

Written Answers — Energy and Climate Change: Nuclear Power Stations (14 Jun 2012)

Charles Hendry: There will be full transparency over the terms agreed following the negotiation of nuclear generation contracts. However, as set out in the draft Energy Bill 2012, the Secretary of State may not disclose information that consists of trade secrets or sensitive commercial information, unless the person to whom the information relates consents to the disclosures.

Written Answers — Energy and Climate Change: Nuclear Power Stations (14 Jun 2012)

Charles Hendry: The draft operational framework for the proposed feed-in tariff with contracts for difference (published as Annex B to the draft Energy Bill 2012) states that, for nuclear ¦projects, the level of the strike price will be determined through an administrative price setting process until the conditions are in place to move to competitive forms of price discovery. To begin with, under FID...

Written Answers — Energy and Climate Change: Carbon Emissions: Wind Power (13 Jun 2012)

Charles Hendry: DECC does not hold specific information on carbon emissions relating to the manufacture and installation of wind turbines in the UK for any given year. The Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology(1) has compared the carbon footprint(2) of different UK electricity generating technologies based on analysis of a number of research reports and life cycle assessments. It found that onshore...

Written Answers — Energy and Climate Change: Natural Gas (13 Jun 2012)

Charles Hendry: In 2011 the UK imported 270,733 gigawatt hours (GWh) of liquefied natural gas (LNG) which accounted for 47% of total natural gas imports. In the first quarter of 2012 the UK imported 39,332 GWh which accounted for 24% of total natural gas imports. LNG imports by country of origin are published on the Department of Energy and Climate Change's website in monthly Energy Trends table ET 4.4 and...


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