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Geothermal Power: Iceland

Energy and Climate Change written question – answered on 5th September 2012.

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Photo of Caroline Flint Caroline Flint Shadow Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change

To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, pursuant to the answer of 12 July 2012, Official Report, column 446, on geothermal energy, if he will make a statement on the memorandum of understanding with the Icelandic Government on geothermal heat and power.

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

I signed a memorandum of understanding with the Icelandic Minister of Industry, Energy and Tourism on co-operation in the energy sector on 30 May 2012. In this the two Ministries agreed, “inter alia”, to exchange information and co-operate to support the development of the deep geothermal sector in the UK, including in the supply of heat to district heating networks.

Iceland has considerable knowledge and experience in the deep geothermal sector from which we hope to be able to learn to promote such developments in the UK.

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