Southwest Focus: Maintaining the advantage
Alan John looks at how the southwest has built its reputation in renewable energy and what the future may hold for the field
During the last few years, the Government has taken several steps to deliver on its international climate change commitments. In the year to 31 March, 2003, research and development grants totalling more than £50m were given to encourage low-carbon projects and a range of emerging renewable generation technologies. In the same period, capital grants of over £130m were awarded to support bioenergy, offshore wind and a major photo-voltaic demonstration programme. In addition, the Government has introduced a series of regulations designed to promote the generation and use of renewable energy. These include the Climate Change Levy – a business tax on all non-renewable energy use – and the Renewables Obligation, which forces electricity suppliers to source 10% of their supplies of electricity from renewable sources by 2010.
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