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Lords Urged to Support Clean Energy Debates

04 November 2013

UK - The Renewable Energy Association (REA) is urging the House of Lords to back Energy Bill amendments on three crucial issues when the Bill is debated on Monday 4th and Wednesday 6th November.

The three areas are:

Market access for independent generators
Amendments 60, 62, 64
Tabled by Lord Roper, Lord Jenkin of Roding and Baroness Liddell of Coatdyke
These amendments are designed to enable independent renewable generators to achieve the reference price for their power sales and compete with the major utilities. Up to 50 per cent of the £110 billion of investment required to ensure energy security and decarbonisation objectives through to 2020 is expected to be delivered by independent generators.

Energy storage
Amendment 75
Tabled by Lord Stephen
This amendment commits the Government to developing an energy storage strategy to enable energy users to derive the maximum value from decentralised and intermittent renewable electricity e.g. from solar, wave and wind power.

Eliminating waste to landfill
Amendment 76
Tabled by Lord Judd
This amendment commits the Government to developing a strategy to phase out the landfilling of all organic wastes, so that their value for composting and energy generation can be realised while significantly reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

The Lords have already narrowly voted down the amendment to set a 2030 decarbonisation target next year. This makes successful passage of the amendments above, as well as Government backing for a 2030 renewable energy target, all the more crucial.

REA Chief Executive Dr Nina Skorupska said: “The narrow defeat of the 2030 decarbonisation amendment is very disappointing. This means the Government must commit to a 2030 EU renewable energy target to demonstrate its long-term political will to the green economy.

“Improving market access for independent generators is critical to the Energy Bill’s success. Boosting competition by enabling independent generators to access the market is good for consumers and vital for British jobs and businesses. This is a real opportunity to do something to boost competitiveness at a time when competition in the market is under intense scrutiny.

“As the share of renewable electricity in the UK increases, the ability to store wind, wave and solar electricity generated at times of high supply or low demand, and deploy it at times of low supply or high demand, will become more and more important. Government must get ahead of the curve on energy storage.

“Finally, landfilling organic waste has no place in a green economy. There is a tremendous amount of value that can be derived from biowastes through composting and anaerobic digestion, both in terms of physical resource and business opportunities for the rural economy.”

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