Renew On Line (UK) 52

Extracts from NATTA's journal
, issue 152 Nov-Dec 2004

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1. £50m for wave and tidal

2. Renewables over 5%

3. North Sea -CO2 sink?

4. Biofuels push

5. Solar Worries

6. Deep sea wind

7. The Wind debate : New anti-wind lobby

8. Policy Developments  New Planning Guide

9. Regional Developments: NW, NE, Scotland

10. World Developments : US, China, EU

11. Nuclear News: Nuclear  Economics

2. Renewables over 5%?

The UK Renewable Power Association's latest yearbook claims that renewable generation in the year ending 31 March 2004 accounted for 4.8% (15.5TWh) of licensed electricity sales and, in the current year, this figure is projected to increase to 5.3% of UK electricity. Hydro accounted for 37%, biogas 21%, energy-from-waste 20%, wind 9% and other biomass 5%. About 40% of the UK’s renewable generation came from Scotland.

However, not everyone is convinced that things are going to plan- indeed according to the government statistics, last year electricity generated  from renewable sources actually fell from 3% to 2.7%, due to a fall in hydro  because of last summer’s dry weather.  And energy consumption in the UK rose by 1.5%- consumption by domestic consumers increased by 17.5% from 1990 to 2003.   Prof Ian Fells, claimed that ‘We will get to 6% renewables by 2010 if we’re lucky,’ and that it was “wishful thinking” to suppose that we would reach the governments 10% by 2010 target. He added that the UK would also need more nuclear power stations to meet the increasing energy demand.

* Cambridge Econometrics have claimed that, while the UK may be able to cut emissions by 12.5% between 1990 and 2012, in line with its Kyoto requirements, it will miss its more ambitious unilateral target of 20% cut in CO2 emissions by 2010 ‘by a wide margin’, due to increases in emissions by homes, aircraft and road vehicles.  The report’s co-editor, Prof. Paul Ekins of the Policy Studies Institute, said that warning lights were “flashing amber”. Emissions from road transport were expected to be 14%  higher in 2010 than in 1990, with household emissions up by as much as 21%.    

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