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Energy: Renewables

Volume 712: debated on Thursday 2 July 2009

Question

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To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to provide the skills and manpower required to deliver the 15 per cent target for renewables as a proportion of the United Kingdom's energy production; and what assessment they have made of the likelihood of those plans meeting that target. [HL4338]

The Government recognise that meeting the renewable energy target requires a very large increase in deployment of renewable technologies, especially for wind energy. This will require increases in manufacturing, in the capability to deploy the technologies and to operate the new systems. In turn, this will require skilled people at all levels. The Carbon Trust estimates that wind will require around 50,000 new people by 2020, while renewable energy generally could create up to 500,000 new jobs.

DECC is working with the lead Sector Skills Council, Energy & Utility Skills (EU Skills) and with its employer-led Power Sector Skills Strategy Group to develop and take forward a strategy to ensure that the electrical skills to support renewable energy are available in the future, with clear training pathways and qualifications for those seeking work in the sector. We are also working to help develop the National Skills Academy for Power, which will be the prime agent for managing the delivery of the skills and training elements of the strategy.

We are working with the British Wind Energy Association to help develop a skills and training strategy for wind and marine renewables.