Renew On Line (UK) 48

Extracts from NATTA's journal
, issue 148 March-April 2004

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1. Even more offshore wind

2. BETTA , RO and Carbon trading

3. Wind - in the city and in the forests

4. Green Alliance : PSI report on Funding

5. Solar, Tidal, Hydro and biomass

6. Throwing caution at the wind

7. CHP gap confirmed

8. Long-life energy deal 

9. EU News

10. US News

11. World Renewables Roundup

12. Nuclear News

4. Green Alliance : PSI report on Funding

The Green Alliance is a lobbying group which tries to influence public policy through, amongst other things,    carefully researched and targeted publications. With the current government spending round in mind, they commissioned a report on ‘Public Spending on the Environment’ from the Policy Studies Institute.

In summary, in its comments on energy, it says that  ‘It seems likely that additional government spending will be required to meet the ambitious targets set out in the Energy White Paper. Current  legislation, including, for example, the Renewables Obligation and the Energy Efficiency Commitment, should deliver significant private sector investment in sustainable energy. However, an additional £300 million a year of government expenditure will also be necessary.’  

The report suggests allocating:
  • £160 million a year to meet fuel poverty targets.
  • £7.5 million a year to support solar power.
  • £5 million a year to support onshore wind.
  • £100 million a year to support offshore wind.
  • £10 million a year to support energy crops.
  • £10 million a year to support marine renewables.
  • £8 m a year on climate change communications.

It comments ‘These sums are small compared with the historic and current subsidies received by the nuclear industry, which plays no part in the sustainable energy vision of the Energy White Paper.  It is suggested that they could be found by reducing the public subsidy of reprocessing spent nuclear fuel.’.

The report also looks at other environmental issues including biodiversity.

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