Energy 2020 – Bulk Energy Production

Gaynor Hartnell, REA. Bulk energy is unique in that is has been considered (at least the electricity side – less the heat side) in detail and we know the issues. The big issue is obvious: we have large, electricity only plants rather than heat and power plants integrated with the build environment.

Key issues for renewables are:

  • Getting quick access to the National Grid – renewable generators must be connected when they need to be connected
  • Getting planning permission – Merton (a required to include microgeneration with new developments) is a good development but much more is required
  • Getting the right incentives in place. The Renewables Obligation should be seen as a temporary thing – the end game is for the economy to deliver clean energy
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