Energy Supply

Trade and Industry written question – answered on 28th November 2005.

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Photo of Andrew Pelling Andrew Pelling Conservative, Croydon Central

To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what steps the Government have taken to promote the generation of energy closer to the point of consumption.

Photo of Malcolm Wicks Malcolm Wicks Minister for energy, Department of Trade and Industry

The Government have taken a number of measures to support the development of small and micro generation technologies connected to the distribution networks close to the point of demand. Not least of these was the creation of the industry-wide Distributed Generation Coordinating Group (DGCG) which operated over a three-year period to November 2004 and which initiated a range of projects designed to address barriers to the integration of distributed generation. Building on the valuable work of the DGCG, the DTI together with Ofgem established in January 2005 the Electricity Networks Strategy Group (ENSG), which looks more widely at issues relating to the electricity networks while maintaining a focus on the development of distributed generation.

In addition, to the above activities, the Department provides financial support to industry-led projects aimed at increasing the deployment of distributed generation via its technology programme.

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