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Schools: Combined Heat and Power

Volume 461: debated on Monday 4 June 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills pursuant to the answer of 10 May 2007, Official Report, columns 365-66W, on schools: combined heat and power, which local planning authorities require new schools of over 1,000m2 in area to install on-site renewable energy to supply a proportion of the predicted building's energy load; and if he will make a statement. (138372)

We do not collect information on which local planning authorities require new schools to install on-site renewable energy to supply a proportion of the predicted building's load. However, the Town and Country Planning Association conducted their own survey of local planning authorities1 in 2006 asking this question. This showed that nearly 60 per cent. of the 212 councils that replied (out of the 387 sent the survey) had a policy adopted or in draft form at that time. A further 20 per cent. were considering adopting a policy and 20 per cent. had not considered adopting a policy. Since that date more local planning authorities have adopted a policy following the strengthening of the policy recommendations in Policy Planning Statement 22 on Renewable Energy, by the Department for Communities and Local Government, in June 2006.

1 Reported in the issue of Building Magazine dated 28-07-2007.

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills pursuant to the answer of 10 May 2007, Official Report, columns 365-66W, on schools: combined heat and power, how many new school buildings over 1,000m2 in area built in the last five years use microgeneration facilities. (138373)