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Urgent need for UK govt action on renewable energy

to secure the necessary infrastructure investment – which is estimated at up to £150bn – the Government must move quickly to finalise the regulatory arrangements for transmission of electricity from offshore wind farms to the onshore grid.

Lord Turner: ‘We must act now to meet energy targets’. By Sarah Arnott, 10 September 2010  The Independent Lord Turner, the chairman of the independent Committee on Climate Change (CCC), is calling for a “step change” in government policy if Britain is to meet its 2020 renewable energy targets.
In a letter to Chris Huhne, the Energy Secretary, Lord Turner outlines several issues to be addressed “as a matter of urgency” to ensure Britain is producing 15 per cent of its energy from renewable sources within 10 years as planned.

The CCC remains supportive of both the headline target, and the estimation that within it some 30 per cent of UK electricity will need to come from renewables, requiring a massive expansion of offshore wind generating capacity in particular.

But to secure the necessary infrastructure investment – which is estimated at up to £150bn – the Government must move quickly to finalise the regulatory arrangements for transmission of electricity from offshore wind farms to the onshore grid. They must agree to investment in the much-needed upgrade of the onshore transmission network, and cut the delays in the planning regime, Lord Turner says.

Lord Turner: ‘We must act now to meet energy targets’ – Business News, Business – The Independent

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