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Alternative Energy: Standards

Volume 468: debated on Thursday 29 November 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what the Government's capacity targets are for the commercial development of (a) wave energy and (b) tidal energy in UK waters by (i) 2012, (ii) 2020 and (iii) 2030. (166961)

The Government have not set capacity targets for individual technologies but provide a range of support measures to facilitate the development of wave and tidal energy.

These include £35 million already committed for innovative industry-led technology development under the Technology Strategy Board's technology programme and £50 million under BERR's marine renewables deployment fund to support the first larger-scale demonstration projects.

We have consulted on banding the RO so as to provide greater levels of support to these emerging renewable technologies.