Government renewable plans welcomed

The renewable energy industry has praised moves by the government to boost the use of renewable heat, though it has called for it to move quickly.

Following announcements yesterday about making all homes energy efficient and stimulating renewable heat industry, the Renewable Energy Association (REA) applauded the government.

Philip Wolfe, director general of the REA, said: "Ed Miliband exhibited strong leadership on renewable heat by bringing in the powers to introduce a Heat Tariff almost as soon as he took up his role at DECC. We like the vision set out in this document, but hope Ed Miliband will retain his very practical lead by expediting the Heat Tariff the industry needs to realise that vision."

He added that heat is the biggest use of energy in the UK and that renewable heat technologies can be cheap.

Among the technologies that could benefit from the incentives, are biomass boilers and thermal solar water heaters.

It could also apply to larger scale projects such as district heating.

The UK is committed to generating 15 per cent of energy from renewables by 2020, while the target for the EU as a whole is 20 per cent.

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