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Energy: Low Carbon

Volume 496: debated on Thursday 16 July 2009

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the oral Statement of 22 April 2009, Official Report, column 248 on the 2009 Budget, how much of the £405 million to support low-carbon energy production and advanced green manufacturing has been (a) allocated and (b) spent by each (i) Department and (ii) programme. (286727)

The Budget funding of £405 million was split as follows:

£250 million through BIS as part of the strategic investment fund

£155 million through DECC.

BIS

(a) Allocated up to £163.5 million comprising: up to £120 million for the development of the offshore wind industry; £29.5 million for marine energy infrastructure and test facilities; £10 million for low-carbon vehicle infrastructure; £4 million for the manufacturing advisory service. The low-carbon industrial strategy has more detail on these allocations.

(b) These programmes have just been announced, so no money has been spent yet.

DECC

(a) Allocated up to £81.2 million, comprising: up to £22.5 million for the marine energy proving fund; up to £10 million for the green villages, towns and cities challenge; up to £6 million renewable construction materials; up to £6 million for ‘smart grid’ innovation; up to £6 million for geothermal energy; up to £4 million for pay as you save pilots; up to £1.7 million for the Whitehall district heating scheme; up to £25 million towards the UK innovation investment fund. The Energy White paper and low-carbon industrial strategy have more detail on these allocations.

(b) These programmes have just been announced, so no money has been spent yet.

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the oral statement of 22 April 2009, Official Report, column 248 on the 2009 Budget, if he will allocate a proportion of the £405 million in support of low-carbon energy production and advanced green manufacturing to phase 2 of the low-carbon buildings programme. (286728)

£45 million of the £405 million has been made available to the low-carbon building programme. This funding has enabled phase two to be extended from 1 July 2009 until 30 April 2011 with a budget of £30 million. The extension will continue to provide grant funding to charitable, community groups and public-sector organisation projects.