- New Committee on Climate Change report finds that wind power helped lower carbon intensity of power generation by 10g per kilowatt-hour of UK electricity
- Progress in deploying wind is hampered by uncertainty over Government policy – report urges higher investment, and need for clarity on Electricity Market Reform
- Risk that a new dash-for-gas could undermine emissions goals
RenewableUK, the trade and professional body for the wind, wave & tidal industries, has welcomed the publication of the Committee on Climate Change’s 2012 Progress Report to Parliament, which examines the status of the UK’s efforts to meet our carbon budgets.
The report finds that in 2011 the carbon intensity of the power sector (the amount of carbon dioxide emitted per kilowatt-hour of power generated) fell from 496gCO2/KWh to 486gCO2/KWh, as a result of an increase in low carbon generation. This increase also helped reduce our use of gas generation, which fell from 47% in 2010 to 40% of the mix in 2011.
RenewableUK’s Director of Policy Dr Gordon Edge said:
“Wind is working. This report demonstrates the clear role wind played in helping to reduce emissions from our power sector in 2011, and to cut our reliance on imported fossil fuels, the main cause of bill rises over the last year. There’s much more wind can do – but the conditions need to be right for investment.”
The Committee also found that barriers to the deployment of wind power are slowing the increase in our ability to harness this abundant energy supply. Most significant among these is investment uncertainty generated by slow progress on the Government’s Electricity Market Reform initiative, and delays in reporting back on the Renewables Obligation Banding consultation. Coupled with a generous Emissions Performance Standard, the Committee warns that a second ‘dash for gas’ that this may entail will imperil our efforts to fight climate change.
“The report is clear – Government needs to provide certainty for clean power investors, which means detail on the renewables obligation bands for the next four years, and clarity on the EMR arrangements behind that. We need to see confidence and investment levels retained to ensure that we can continue to decarbonise our electricity supply and grow new industries creating jobs”. Dr Edge concluded.
RenewableUK is the trade and professional body for the UK wind and marine renewables industries. Formed in 1978, and with more than 640 corporate members, RenewableUK is the leading renewable energy trade association in the UK.
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