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Renewable Energy

Volume 482: debated on Tuesday 11 November 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what progress has been made towards the Government’s target of generating 10 per cent. of electricity supply from renewable energy sources by 2010; and what percentage of electricity supply generated from renewable sources in the latest period for which information is available. (232477)

In 2000, the Government set a target for 10 per cent. of UK electricity capacity from renewable sources by 2010. In order to meet our 10 per cent. renewable electricity target, we estimate that we would need to generate just over 40 TWh of renewable electricity by 31 December 2010. Current estimates show that we potentially have over 45 TWh of renewable generation that is already operational, is under construction or is consented and awaiting construction.

According to the Digest of United Kingdom Energy Statistics (DUKES) 2008, renewables provided 5.0 per cent. of UK electricity generation at the end of 2007 (4.9 per cent. from Renewables Obligation (RO) eligible sources). Since the introduction of the RO in 2002, renewable electricity generation capacity has almost tripled (2.2 per cent. in 2002 compared with 4.9 per cent. in 2007). Further information on the generation of electricity from renewable sources can be found in chapter 7 of DUKES 2008:

http://stats.berr.gov.uk/energystats/dukes08_c7.pdf