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Water Companies: Renewable Energy

Volume 494: debated on Wednesday 17 June 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent assessment Ofwat has made of the level of investment in renewable energy infrastructure by water companies. (280365)

In water companies' draft business plan submissions to Ofwat there were significant investments related to renewable energy. Ofwat assessed the draft business plans and allowed a significant amount of renewable energy-related investment. This would lead to a 40 per cent. increase in the amount of renewable energy generated by the companies. Most of this increase comes from additional production of biogas from sludge treatment and a growth in combined heat and power (CHP) capacity.

Ofwat are currently reviewing the final business plan submissions from water companies. The outcome of their review will be made available on 23 July.