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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

5. Solar Worries

Fears have been raised that the government may back off from its commitments to solar photovoltaics, following the publication of the DTI’s Renewable Innovation Review (see Renew 150 and Reviews), which concluded that solar PV would not be competitive by 2020 unless there were ‘very substantial reductions in costs’, which were likely to require a ‘breakthrough to next generation technology’. It suggested that, as far as funding was concerned, the emphasis could usefully be put on  a “technology-blind” programme of support for building integrated renewables and energy efficiency technologies. So PV would only be one option, a possibility that clearly worried the UK PV industry, which would prefer to continue with the existing solar PV demonstration capital grants programme, which Press reports have suggested may abandoned next year.  Seb Perry, a policy manager for the Renewable Power Association, commented ‘there is huge uncertainty as to what the government intends to do in March 2005’  although Ray Noble, BP Solar’s UK sales manager, said he was optimistic that the government will keep the PV demonstration programme because its closure would be “political dynamite”. Certainly MPs have expressed concern about the future of the PV grants scheme. Before the summer recess, 120 MPs signed an early day motion urging continuity of support for the PV industry. In the event, the DTI temporarily headed off the issue with a new round of funding (£8.5m) for small renewables including PV- see Renew 153

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