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Renewable Energy

Volume 406: debated on Monday 9 June 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry pursuant to her answer of 12 May 2003, Official Report, column 20W, on renewable energy, if she will make a statement on the findings of the Transmission Issues Working Group report on the cost of connecting new renewable energy in Scotland. [117086]

[holding answer 5 June 2003]: The report concluded that the overall cost of connecting more than 6 GW of additional renewable capacity was £1.75 billion and found that the proposed reinforcements would have a positive net benefit. Over the lifetime of the asset, they would save more in constraint savings than they would cost to build. The investment required would be spread over 10 years, and the annualised cost of £100 million, spread over the UK consumer base of 23 million consumers, would be just over £4 per consumer per year.