Renewable Energy

Trade and Industry written question – answered on 4th May 2004.

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Photo of Mark Hendrick Mark Hendrick Labour/Co-operative, Preston

To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will make a statement on the recent trends in investment in renewable energy and the effect of those trends upon residents of Preston.

Photo of Stephen Timms Stephen Timms Minister of State (e-Commerce & Competitiveness)

Recent trends in renewable energy investment have been very encouraging. More new capacity has been constructed in the last few years than in the previous decade, and a significant amount is currently in the pipeline. This covers a wide range of technologies including onshore and offshore wind, solar and biomass.

However, as far as I am aware this has not translated into new or proposed capacity in the Preston area.

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