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Grant Allocations

Volume 400: debated on Wednesday 26 February 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will list (a) the grant schemes operated by her Department, and (b) the sums of money made available to stimulate new technology in (i) solar power, (ii) heat pumps used for space and water heating purposes, (iii) combined heat and power and micro-chip, (iv) micro-wind power, (v) bio-mass driven electricity generation and (vi) other low, or zero-carbon technologies used for generating heat or electricity. [98671]

The technology stimulation schemes being operated by the Department and the sums of money available are set out as follows:

Offshore wind electricity generation: (including £10 million from the New Opportunities Fund)74
Biomass driven electricity and heat generation (including £36 million from the New Opportunities Fund; and £34 million for biomass heat)66
First phase of Major Solar Photo voltaics (PV) Demonstration Programme20
"Clear Skies" scheme for community and household projects (including solar water heating, heat pumps, micro-wind and micro-hydro)10
Wave and Tidal Energy Demonstration Projects5
The Department is also making available £19 million per year for the New and Renewable Energy programme which provides research grants for renewable energy projects.DEFRA leads within Government on combined heat and power (CHP) and provides support, as set out as follows:

Community Energy to install and refurbish community heating networks, mainly based on CHP50
Energy Crops Scheme to establish energy crops for biomass heat, CHP and electricity generation and to set up producer groups for growers of short rotation coppice29
Bio-energy infrastructure scheme to develop biomass supply-chains3.5
In addition, the Carbon Trust's Low Carbon Innovation Programme can provide, inter alia, grants across a wide range of innovative low carbon projects.