Wednesday, 26 January 2011

Doubts over UK offshore wind targets

Expected UK offshore wind deployment by 2020 may be far below levels the country needs to meet European Union renewable energy goals, a director at the government-funded Carbon Trust said on Tuesday.

Industry expectations are for 19-24 gigawatts of offshore wind power by the end of the decade, said Benj Sykes, director of innovations at the Carbon Trust, based on informal soundings of leading players.

That contrasted with the 29 GW the organisation says is needed to meet a legally binding EU target for Britain to get 15 percent of its energy from renewable sources by the end of the decade.

"We're looking to close that gap," Sykes told Reuters. The Carbon Trust is meant to drive carbon cuts across the British economy.

"We agree that 19-24 GW is definitely achievable. We may need more, depending on what happens around heat and transport."

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