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Renewable Energy

Energy and Climate Change written question – answered on 7th July 2011.

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Photo of Huw Irranca-Davies Huw Irranca-Davies Shadow Minister (Energy and Climate Change)

To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what recent assessment he has made of the UK's capacity to generate 15 per cent. of energy from renewable sources by 2020.

Photo of Gregory Barker Gregory Barker The Minister of State, Department of Energy and Climate Change

The UK has a binding target under the renewable energy directive to produce 15% of its energy from renewable sources across the electricity, heat and transport sectors by 2020. This includes a target of 10% renewable energy in transport by 2020.

The National Renewable Energy Action Plan, published by DECC in July 2010, provides details on a set of measures that would enable the UK to meet its 2020 target. It sets out the 'lead scenario' which demonstrates that it is possible to achieve the 15% target, and also provides one view of the technology mix in 2020.

More recently, we have published updated renewable heat analysis(1) and on renewable electricity (by Arup(2)).

(1) “Renewable Heat Incentive Impact Assessment” (DECC, March 2011)

(2) “Review of the generation costs and deployment potential of renewable electricity technologies in the UK”

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