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Renewable Energy

Volume 483: debated on Tuesday 18 November 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what funding is being provided by his Department for alternative energy technologies in the next three years. (232705)

DECC provides capital grant and other funding for the demonstration and pre-commercial deployment of low carbon and renewable energy technologies under the Environmental Transformation Fund, which has a budget of £400 million over the 2008 to 2011 CSR period. This includes support for the Carbon Trust innovation portfolio. The Government also provide support for renewables through market drivers such as the renewables obligation, which is expected to be worth around a billion pounds a year by 2010.

In addition, DIUS, through the Research Councils Energy Technologies Institute and Technology Strategy board, provides support for energy research and development and for business innovation. The regional development agencies, devolved Administrations and the European Union also offer a range of support for research into new energy technologies.

To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change for what reasons the consultation on the feed-in tariff is not scheduled to begin until the summer of 2009. (232864)

We have amended the Energy Bill to introduce feed-in tariffs (FITs) for small-scale low carbon electricity generation (beneath 3 MW).

We intend to consult next summer on the proposed feed-in tariff mechanism to ensure that interactions with the existing licensing framework are fully considered, and on proposed tariff levels for the scheme.

In order to consult, we will need to gain further understanding and evidence on the scheme design and cost predictions for the various technologies and develop uptake models, so that we can ensure that we introduce a scheme that can effectively encourage deployment at this scale.