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Renewable Energy

Volume 476: debated on Monday 2 June 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what estimate his Department has made of the (a) amount and (b) value of renewable energy sold to customers in (i) the domestic sector, (ii) the commercial sector and (iii) the public sector in each of the last two years; and if he will make a statement. (206100)

[holding answer 16 May 2008]: Renewable energy sources can be used to generate electricity or heat.

Thousand tonnes of oil equivalent

2005

2006

Electricity generation (renewables and wastes used to generate electricity)

4,018

4,232

Final consumption of renewables and wastes

612

603

Of which:

Domestic

256

263

Public administration

100

87

Commercial

10

10

Source:

Digest of United Kingdom Energy Statistics 2007, tables 7.1 and 7.2.

Electricity generated from renewable sources is fed into the transmission and distribution grids along with electricity from fossil fuel and nuclear sources. For this reason, the amount of electricity sourced from renewables cannot be allocated to individual consuming sectors. Therefore the value of renewable electricity sold by sector is not available. The level of renewable heat sold is small, so price information is not collected, thus no value information is available.

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what mechanisms are in place to monitor the take-up of renewable energy by (a) domestic, (b) commercial and (c) public sector energy consumers; and if he will make a statement. (206102)

[holding answer 16 May 2008]: Tables 7.1, 7.2 and 7.3 of the Digest of United Kingdom Energy Statistics 2007 provides final consumption data by sector for renewables and waste and also data for renewables and wastes used for electricity generation in 2006, 2005 and 2004, respectively. Corresponding tables for earlier years are also available on the BERR energy statistics website at:

www.stats.berr.gov.uk/energystats/dukes7_1-7_3.xls

The data in chapter 7 of DUKES are sourced from an ongoing study by AEA Energy and Environment on behalf of the Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform to update a database containing information on all relevant renewable energy sources in the United Kingdom. This database is called RESTATS—the Renewable Energy STATisticS database at:

www.restats.org.uk

A copy of this document is available in the Libraries of the House.