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REA backs call for decarbonisation amendment

A bi-partisan approach at Westminster has called on the Government to decide next year on a target for the decarbonisation of the electricity supply in the UK.

On 5 February, clauses to the Energy Bill were tabled to grant Government powers to set a 2030 decarbonisation target range for the electricity sector in 2016, once the Committee on Climate Change had provided advice on the level of the fifth carbon budget, and when the level of this carbon budget is set in law.

However, Conservative MP Tim Yeo, a former environment minister, and Labour MP Barry Gardiner have now tabled an amendment to the Energy Bill calling for a 2030 decarbonisation target to be decided by April 2014.

Renewable Energy Association chief executive Gaynor Hartnell said the decision would send a signal that the UK “meant business” over decarbonisation.

She said: “We have a legally binding carbon reduction target for 2050 and the sooner we have clarity on the path for achieving it the better. It will boost the confidence of those who need to invest the billions of pounds required to deliver a sustainable future.”

Hartnell also called for independent generators to be able to sell the electricity they generate under the new Contracts for Difference.

“A green power auction market (GPAM) has been proposed which would fulfil this need, and deliver the stability and low cost of capital Government envisages for these generators. We urge the adoption of GPAM at the report stage of the Energy Bill.”

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