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Energy: Renewables

Volume 698: debated on Wednesday 6 February 2008

asked Her Majesty's Government:

Further to the Written Answers by Lord Jones of Birmingham on 3 December 2007 (WA 161) and 12 December 2007 (WA 60–1), whether they will amend the original regulatory impact assessments to provide a new assessment of the likely cost to consumers of expanding the grid network to accommodate power flows from renewable generators brought into being under the renewables obligation. [HL1390]

Work is under way to determine the costs of expanding the grid network to accommodate new renewables generation brought forward by the renewables obligation, as well as to look at the potential costs of new renewables generation to meet the EU 2020 target.

We will include the costs associated with the renewables obligation in the Impact Assessment of the Banding of the Renewables Obligation which will be published alongside the draft Renewables Obligation Order 2009.