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Renewable Energy: EC Action

Volume 483: debated on Tuesday 18 November 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change (1) for what reason the Government requested article 5(2) to be inserted in the proposed Directive on the promotion of the use of energy from renewable sources (COM (2008) 19) be inserted; and if he will make a statement; (236123)

(2) what assessment he has made of a Severn tidal power scheme’s compliance with article 5(2) of the proposed Directive on the promotion of the use of energy from renewable sources (COM (2008) 19).

[holding answer 17 November 2008]: It is too early to say whether a Severn tidal power scheme would comply with article 5(2) of the draft directive. 10 scheme proposals are currently under consideration within the feasibility study and it is likely that most of these, though not necessarily all, could meet its provisions. Subject to internal review, I expect to consult publicly in early 2009 on a proposed shortlist and the work to be done in the next phase of the feasibility study.

The origin of article 5(2) was a proposal by the European Commission which enshrines the principle, which the UK Government share, that the directive should support, and indeed promote, large-scale renewable energy projects.