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UK: STEPS FORWARD FOR GREEN TECHNOLOGIES

The new statistics of the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) has revealed that one fifth of all electricity was generated in Britain by green technologies as windfarms in the first three months of the year. Data show that the produced power was enough for about 15m homes during the quarter.

This result has been welcomes as a breakthrough by the wind industry, which alone provided 12% of the overall power produced, stressing the fundamental role of renewables in the energy mix.

On the other hand, these findings could rise concerns and debates. The cost of gas to householders rose by 4.8% between the first quarter of 2013 and the same period of this year, while average gas prices to business customers, including the climate change levy, were 5.2% lower.

Although the scale of renewable energy subsidies remains controversial, data highlight the important advances realized by the industry to significantly reduce Britain's carbon emissions.

Moreover, recent studies has outlined that in 2013 only 5.2% of final energy consumption, including heat and transport, came from renewable sources, far from the a target of 15% by 2020 set by EU directives.

In line with that, the lobby group Renewable Energy Association (REA) has argued that the government should undertake stricter policies, especially in the field of green heat and transport biofuels. According to the chief executive of the REA, the progress in electricity is encouraging, but growth is not yet strong enough in renewable heat and transport to meet the government's objectives.

According to recent government statistics, the UK continued to be highly reliant on coal for its power. While the UK's own production of coal fell by 27% from January to March, owing mainly to controversial colliery closures, the amount of coal imported from Russia rose by 21%.

 

The gLAWcal Team

Friday, 27 June 2014

(Source: The Guardian)