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Energy: Finance

Volume 493: debated on Monday 8 June 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how much has been spent from the public purse on the generation of energy from (a) oil, (b) gas, (c) coal, (d) nuclear sources and (e) renewable sources in each year since 1990. (278253)

Since its creation on 3 October 2008, the Department of Energy and Climate Change has not spent any money from the public purse on the actual generation of energy from oil and gas fired, coal fired, nuclear power and renewable energy sources.

Financial support for renewable generation comes mainly through the renewables obligation, which is ultimately paid for by electricity consumers. The Government also pay grants towards the installation costs of a variety of renewable generation, and development of new technologies.

The Nuclear Decommissioning Authority currently has two operating nuclear power stations, the costs of running which are covered by the income that they generate.