Renewable energy: Facts and figures Telegraph.co.ukBy Paul Eccleston 28 June 08 – “The Renewable Energy Strategy proposals include:
*Obtaining 35GW-40GW of electricity – more than one-third of our current generating capacity – from renewables, mostly wind, by 2020
* This equates to a further 4,000 turbines onshore, and 4,000 offshore to add to the 2,000 already deployed.
* Other contributions from biomass, microgeneration and wave and tidal power including a possible barrier across the Severn Estuary.
* Upgrading and adapting the National Grid to take electricity from the new renewable projects.
* Incentives for building new electricity grid infrastructures.* A new Infrastructure Planning Commission to streamline applications for clean energy projects such as wind farms.
* Helping the planning system deliver by setting up a clear strategy at regional level.
* Possibly giving ‘sweeteners’ such as tax benefits to communities who agree to accept wind farms .
* Raising the amount of electricity that has to come from renewable sources under the Renewables Obligation.
* More financial incentives to encourage a large increase in renewable heat including homes and buildings.
* More financial support for people who fit small-scale heat and electricity technologies in their homes.
* Exploiting full potential of energy from waste rather than putting it into landfill.
* Requiring all biofuels to be sustainable with no effect on food prices or on the environment.
* Promoting the development of new renewable technologies.
*A clear long-term framework to encourage investment bringing jobs and business and addressing skills shortage…..”.
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