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needed to install renewable energy (ORED), which was launched at
Greening Britain?
technologies and allow the supply the same time as the new energy Key points Government cash
chain to grow their operations. White Paper. ORED will work with
smooths way to greening of Britain
By the time the government organisations such as regional
introduces the feed-in tariffs and authorities, government offices and Homes • £11.2m to help regions and local
Renewable Heat Incentive, it planning authorities, in order to • ‘Pay as you save’ pilots helping authorities prepare for and speed up
estimates that it will have provided identify and co-ordinate the use of people make their whole house planning decisions on renewable and
more than £100m of public money new technologies. greener by using the savings made low-carbon energy
into small-scale generation through Brian Mark, a director at Fulcrum on energy bills to repay the upfront • A consultation covering the
the LCBP. This equates to about Consulting and a member of the costs, backed by up to £4m from changes to the existing Renewables
30,000 projects, it says. In addition, Renewables Advisory Board, helped low-carbon investment funding. An Obligation (RO), such as extending
it will have provided more than advise government on the energy eventual national roll out could create the life-time of the RO to at least 2037
£30m through bio-energy grant issues. The board suggested that 34,000 jobs and the introduction of a 20-year
schemes. renewable generation should always • Consultation on the shape and rates limit on support, to make it capable
be done on a large scale because of a new ‘clean energy cash-back’ of delivering some 30 per cent of our
it is more economically viable, and scheme (feed-in tariffs) to be in electricity from renewables
it advised the government against place by April next year. People and • Approval for the UK’s largest
Before we start
introducing feed-in tariffs. businesses that generate their own biomass power station on Teesside
generating electricity
Mark says this is potentially a electricity from low-carbon sources
political issue, because it helps to will be paid for doing so. A similar Industry
with renewables, we
promote a form of fuel poverty, with scheme for renewable heat will follow • Up to £120m from low-carbon
ought to be asking
only those people who own the in April 2011 investment funding to significantly
buildings they live in able to benefit • Challenging 15 villages, towns or advance the offshore wind industry
ourselves ‘do we
from the feed-in tariff, making it cities to be testbeds for piloting future in the UK
need to generate that
viable only for the property owning green initiatives • Up to £60m from low-carbon
middle classes. He also criticises investment funding announced in the
renewable energy at the government’s ambition of Power sector Budget to cement the UK’s position
all?’ – Hywel Davies
making Britain a global leader in • Up to £6m to start development of as a global leader in wave and tidal
the manufacture of renewable a ‘smart grid’, including a policy road energy
The government believes these technologies, such as photovoltaic map next spring • Campaign to be launched later
measures will help it to meet its (PV) solar panels, as countries such • Launch of the new Office for this year to help small and medium
target of generating more than as Germany and China already have Renewable Energy Deployment in businesses in the shift to low carbon
30 per cent of Britain’s electricity by a well-developed manufacturing DECC to speed up the growth of Source: UK Department for Energy and
renewables, up from about 5.5 per industry providing their products at renewables in the UK Climate Change
cent today. This is expected to derive the lowest cost possible. He says it
from both on- and off-shore wind would be impossible for Britain to all?’ If you’ve got a building and 30 ensure that all parts of the strategy
power as well as biomass, hydro- compete at the same price level. per cent of its electricity demand come together in the right order and
power and tidal sources. CIBSE’s technical director, Hywel is going to waste, then generating at the right time.
Ministers also want 12 per cent Davies, says that solar thermal that 30 per cent by renewable Davies says, ultimately, he
of all the UK’s heat used in homes, heating, as opposed to PV, is means is an extremely expensive is concerned about how the
businesses and communities to be noticeable by its relative absence in way of wasting electricity. It would government will deliver its plans,
generated from renewables – such the energy strategy. be far better to cut out that wasted and how it will enforce them.
as biomass, biogas, solar, and heat However, Davies is concerned demand, which is usually much He says: “There are a number of
pumps. Hitting this target would about the lack of focus on energy cheaper than generating it from sensible ideas in there but what isn’t
mean supplying 4m households efficiency itself within the energy renewable sources.” yet clear is how they’re all going to
with their current heating needs. strategy: “What bothers me is that, The Royal Academy of be co-ordinated so that they work
In order for the government to before we start generating electricity Engineering welcomes the fact together and not against each other,
meet this range of energy saving with renewables, we ought to be that the energy strategy will be and it’s not entirely clear how some
targets, it has created the Office asking ourselves ‘do we need to underpinned by what it describes of them are actually going to be
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