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Committee on Climate Change calls for renewable energy revolution

Posted on the 10 May, 2011 at 10:51 am Written by in Blog, Fuel prices, Government, Incentives, Standards

Major new report recommends the UK generates 30 per cent of its energy from renewable sources by 2030

The independent Committee on Climate Change (CCC) will today release a major new report arguing that the UK should be able to deliver at least 30 per cent of its energy from renewable sources by 2030 as part of efforts to deliver deep cuts in carbon emissions.

Speaking to BusinessGreen, CCC chief executive David Kennedy said that the recommended targets were demanding but achievable.

“Thirty per cent is not the maximum of what is technically feasible, it is what we think is appropriate given the economics and other factors,” he said. “It will be challenging and it is not going to happen on its own.”

The report calls for a mix of renewable energy technologies, including wind and marine energy, air and ground source heat pumps, and the use of bioenergy for heat generation.

It also outlines a series of demand management and smart grid technologies that would allow the grid to support high levels of intermittent renewable power.

Read the full Business Green article

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