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Retrofit renewables or miss targets Government told

Renewables must be fitted to existing stock and more district wide heating networks need to be established if the Government is to meet its renewable energy targets – according to one of the options put forward by a new report.

The Renewable Energy Board has told the Government it has three options to ensure it meets its renewable targets of securing 15 per cent of energy needs from renewables..

The options presented by the board are:
Starting work on the Severn Barrage by 2016
Raising offshore wind power capacity to 24GW
Increasing by 30 per cent the amount of energy produced within the built environment – including retrofitting existing buildings and installing district wide heat networks.

The board believes the UK could generate 14 per cent of its total energy needs through renewables if the Government introduces new support schemes, streamlines the planning process and offers better leadership on the issue.

But, it said securing the 15 per cent target by 2020 is only possible if one of the three options is taken forward effectively.

Alan Moore, board co-chairman, said: “If the 15 per cent is to be approached we need to establish a different energy world. Many of these changes will need to be radical and will require, above all else, political leadership and a determination to succeed.

“Industry and commerce stand ready to deliver, but as ever in the renewables industry, the greatest investment rish is seen as political risk. Investors need to be confident Government is determined to achieve its own targets.”

The Government is launching a consultation on renewables in the Summer and will publish its proposals in the spring next year.