Rural lobbyists attack power policy

A change of policy on renewable energy will be needed to achieve the Government’s target of the sector providing 10% of the UK’s electricity by 2010, warns a report published tomorrow. The study commissioned by the Council for the Protection of Rural England says the narrow focus on costs has favoured unpopular schemes such as […]

A change of policy on renewable energy will be needed to achieve the Government’s target of the sector providing 10% of the UK’s electricity by 2010, warns a report published tomorrow.

The study commissioned by the Council for the Protection of Rural England says the narrow focus on costs has favoured unpopular schemes such as wind farms and waste-to-energy plants.

Consequently, fewer than a third of the projects approved for subsidy have actually been built.

The report says the Government should support a wider range of renewable technologies – such as solar power and wood-fuel combustion – that will be more environmentally acceptable.