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Green campaigners furious with UK's 'dash for gas' revelation

The amount of power expected to be generated from gas by 2030 has quadrupled in the last year, according to official projections, The Guardian reported.

The findings will infuriate green campaigners who are demanding greater use of renewable energy sources.

They claim that the statistics will leave the country unable to meet its carbon emission targets.

The figures will reinforce the sense that chancellor George Osborne is winning his battle to downgrade the role of green energy in favour of a dash for gas, according to the report.

The government is divided over energy policy, with Mr Osborne favouring a major increase in gas use, promising generous tax subsidies to the shale gas industry at last month’s Tory party conference.

The Liberal Democrats want greater emphasis on renewable energy.

Data from the Department of Energy and Climate Change show the amount of power being generated from gas by 2030 leapt from 8 GW in its 2011 projections to 31 GW in the same projections 12 months later.

The data also show that, as it stands, the carbon targets for the 2020s – called the fourth carbon budget – will be broken.

Less than a tenth of the gas power is projected to have carbon capture and storage technology fitted to trap and bury carbon dioxide emissions.

The revelations come as David Cameron, Mr Osborne, Nick Clegg and Danny Alexander prepare to meet again this week to hammer out a deal on the government’s delayed energy bill, which will set out the UK’s energy sources for decades.

The last meeting failed to agree after discussion was dominated by an impromptu pledge from Mr Cameron to legislate to force energy companies to give customers the lowest tariffs.

The continuing uncertainty has led the energy industry to warn that billions of pounds of investment in the economy may be lost.

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