Energy: Renewable Energy

House of Lords written question – answered on 19th July 2012.

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Photo of Lord Reay Lord Reay Conservative

To ask Her Majesty's Government, in the light of the policy of the Scottish Government to obtain all of Scotland's electricity from renewable energy sources by 2020, what estimates they have made of the impact this will have on household and industrial bills in (1) England, (2) Scotland, and (3) Wales.

Photo of Baroness Stowell of Beeston Baroness Stowell of Beeston Baroness in Waiting (HM Household) (Whip)

Latest estimates of the average impact on household and industrial bills from measures to support renewable energy are given in the renewable obligation banding consultation1, feed-in tariff Government response phase 2A2 and feed-in tariff consultation phase 2B3(links to these documents are below). These estimates are based on the cost of renewable electricity needed to keep the UK on track to meet its overall renewable energy target of 15% by 2020.

Any difference in bill impacts in England, Scotland and Wales will depend on the amount of electricity consumed each year and the extent to which electricity is sourced from on-site generation-which would not be subject to the renewable obligation subsidy.

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