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Energy: Renewables

Volume 698: debated on Monday 21 January 2008

asked Her Majesty's Government:

Whether electricity providers can contribute to meeting the terms of the renewables obligation by providing financial assistance to renewable energy projects outside the United Kingdom. [HL1364]

The purpose of the renewables obligation is to encourage more renewable generation in the UK. Allowing suppliers to meet their obligation by sourcing renewable supplies from outside the UK would not meet this objective. Therefore electricity suppliers cannot comply with their renewables obligation by providing financial assistance to renewable energy projects outside the UK.