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Renewable Energy: Rural Areas

Volume 464: debated on Monday 15 October 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what steps his Department is taking to help rural households to overcome planning issues to implement alternative sources of energy, including microgeneration, and to become more energy efficient. (156365)

The Microgeneration Strategy, published in March 2006 commits to tackling the barriers currently preventing widespread uptake of microgeneration, including issues around planning. With regard to planning issues, the Government have consulted on proposals to help householders install microgeneration technologies without the need to apply for planning permission and responses to the consultation are currently being considered. We have also recently published an energy measures report for local authorities compiling information they can use to improve energy efficiency and reduce greenhouse gas emissions in their communities.