New rules will remove planning permission problem for renewables

Energy Minister Brian Wilson has announced that he will soon be introducing new rules to kick-start renewable energy projects proposed under the non fossil fuel obligation but which have failed to obtain planning permission.

“These new rules will unlock around 100 renewable energy projects, currently blocked by planning constraints, to drive forward a significant expansion in the production of green energy,” said Wilson. “Many of the projects will be wind based.”

“These new rules are important because they make the achievement of our sustainability goals compatible with respect for the landscape and local community,” Wilson added.

Driving the race is the Government’s renewables obligation, which sets targets for electricity suppliers to provide 10% of their electricity from renewable sources by 2010. The Government anticipates that by this stage there will be a £1billion market in renewables. Currently, just 2.8% of electricity comes from renewable sources.

The potential in terms of averting global warming is significant – the massive Cefn Croes site alone will provide savings of 150,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide.

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