The government has gone literally green crazy with its latest renewables plan – 15 percent renewables by 2020.
Here’s the highlight of what the government wants to ahead with:
* Extending and raising the level of the Renewables Obligation to encourage 30-35% of our electricity to come from renewable sources by 2020;
* Introducing a new financial incentive mechanism to encourage a very large increase in renewable heat, including in homes and other buildings;
* Extending more effective financial support for heat and electricity microgeneration technologies in homes and other buildings, potentially through a feed-in tariff;
* Helping the planning system to deliver, by agreeing a clear deployment strategy at regional level similar to the approach established for housing;
* Ensuring appropriate incentives for new electricity grid infrastructure and removing access to the transmission grid as a barrier to renewable deployment;
* Exploiting the full potential of energy from waste by considering further restrictions on landfilling biomass, as far as is practical;
* Requiring all biofuels to meet strict sustainability criteria to limit adverse impacts on food prices, and other social and environmental concerns;
* Encouraging the development of new renewable technologies by ensuring effective support particularly where the UK has the potential to be a market leader;
* Maximising the benefits for UK business by providing a clear long-term policy framework, working with Regional Development Agencies to tackle blockages, considering support for specific technologies and addressing skills shortages.
According to the government, this big-ass plan will create 160,000 jobs. Which is a bit of a shame – being on the dole can be a lot of fun. Very, very cheap fun. For less than a day.