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Renewables Deployment Office

Volume 497: debated on Tuesday 13 October 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what projects the Renewables Deployment Office (a) has undertaken since its establishment and (b) plans to undertake. (289777)

The Office for Renewable Energy Deployment (ORED) was launched on 15 July 2009. ORED’s mission is to accelerate the deployment of renewable energy in order to reduce carbon emissions, increase security of supply and create business opportunities in the UK.

ORED is responsible for taking forward the commitments in the Government’s Renewable Energy Strategy, published in July 2009. This work includes:

Putting in place appropriate financial incentives to support the take-up of renewable energy, including reform of the Renewables Obligation; introducing Feed-in-Tariffs for small-scale electricity; and a new Renewable Heat Incentive;

Overcoming the non-financial barriers to the deployment of wind and other technologies, including supporting reforms to ensure an effective planning system is in place at a local and regional level;

Promoting the use of sustainable bio-energy;

Supporting the cost-effective deployment of wave and tidal technologies, including taking forward the feasibility study on Severn Tidal Power;

Overcoming supply chain blockages and promoting business opportunities in the renewable sector in the UK.

This work involves engaging with a wide range of external stakeholders. To assist with this, the office is recruiting a part-time, non-executive expert chair to liaise with industry and other stakeholders, and help build a strong reputation for ORED as a delivery body.