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Energy Supply

Energy and Climate Change written question – answered on 3rd September 2012.

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Photo of Chris Ruane Chris Ruane Opposition Whip (Commons)

To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what assessment he has made of global reserves of (a) oil, (b) natural gas, (c) coal, (d) wind and (e) solar power in planning the UK's future energy security.

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

We draw on a range of sources in order to improve our understanding of global energy reserves. These include the International Energy Agency, industry, and other research organisations. BP's Statistical Review of World Energy estimates global reserves as (2011 data): oil—1,652,600 million barrels; natural gas—208,400 billion cubic metres; coal—860,938 million tonnes; wind—239,485 megawatts (installed capacity); and solar 69,371 megawatts (installed capacity).

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