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Renewable Energy

Volume 202: debated on Tuesday 21 January 1992

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To ask the Secretary of State for Energy when he expects the renewable energy advisory group strategy review to be reported to him; and what arrangements he proposes to make to publish its contents.

The report of the renewable energy advisory group is expected by April and it will be published shortly after that.

To ask the Secretary of State for Energy, pursuant to his oral statement to the House on 5 November, Official Report, columns 329–31, on the 1991 Renewable Energy Order, what is his most up-to-date estimate of the amount of up-and-running installed capacity measured on a declared net capacity basis, on I January 1993, 1994 1995, 1996 and 1997, based on an equivalent basis to the 472 MW of capacity to be installed by 1 January 1998.

Orders setting a non-fossil fuel obligation specify the amounts of non-fossil sourced generating capacity that the regional electricity companies must have available during the periods covered by the order, and the regional electricity companies must satisfy the Office of Electricity Regulation that they have made arrangements to secure that capacity. However, the amount of such capacity that is actually available to the regional electricity companies at any particular time will largely depend on the extent to which new projects are able to obtain planning permission, and any other necessary consents, and to go forward to commissioning.