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Wind Power

Energy and Climate Change written question – answered on 10th July 2012.

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Photo of Nigel Adams Nigel Adams Conservative, Selby and Ainsty

To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, with reference to the report by Renewable UK entitled Onshore wind: Direct and Wider Economic Impacts, what assessment he has made of the finding that 10.9 GW of additional wind capacity is required to meet the Government's target for onshore wind. [R]

Photo of Charles Hendry Charles Hendry The Minister of State, Department of Energy and Climate Change

The joint DECC/RenewableUK report by BiGGAR Economics(1) does not draw conclusions about how much onshore wind might be needed to contribute to the UK's renewable energy target. It sets out four potential deployment scenarios(2) for 2020, ranging between 10 GW and 19 GW, and considers the impact that each of these would have on UK jobs and investment.

In last year's Renewables Roadmap, the Government set out a central scenario of up to 13 GW onshore wind deployment in our energy mix by 2020 to maintain our energy security and to help meet our 2020 renewable targets.

(1) The findings of the report are based on 18 case studies of experience on the ground and set out the gross impacts of commercial onshore wind development. A copy of the report is available at:

http://www.decc.gov.uk/assets/decc/11/meeting-energy-demand/wind/5229-onshore-wind-direct--wider-economic-impacts.pdf

(2) The scenarios were taken from the 2010 National Renewable Energy Action Plan, see:

http://www.decc.gov.uk/assets/decc/what%20we%20do/uk%20energy%20supply/energy%20mix/renewable%20energy/ored/25-nat-ren-energy-action-plan.pdf and the 2011 UK Renewable Energy Roadmap, see:

http://www.decc.gov.uk/assets/decc/11/meeting-energy-demand/renewable-energy/2167-uk-renewable-energy-roadmap.pdf

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