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Renewable Energy

Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform written question – answered on 21st January 2008.

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Photo of Charles Hendry Charles Hendry Shadow Minister (Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform)

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what estimate he has made of the percentage of UK electricity which will be supplied from renewable sources in each year until 2015.

Photo of Malcolm Wicks Malcolm Wicks Minister of State (Energy), Department for Business, Enterprise & Regulatory Reform

Based on the Energy White Paper projections, the percentage of electricity supplied by renewables was assessed at between 8 and 10 per cent. in 2010, between 12 and 16 per cent. in 2015 and between 12 and 19 per cent. in 2020(1). Assessments for other years are not available.

Following the consultation on our proposed reforms of the renewables obligation (RO) we have revised our modelling of the likely deployment attributable to the RO. Our revised proposals were published on 10 January, and these new estimates have not yet been included in our formal energy projections.

(1) The figures represent the share of renewables, including waste streams, in electricity supply. The coverage of the industry is defined at footnote 21 of the document:

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