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Mixed reaction to green energy plans

Tuesday 25 February 2003

GOVERNMENT plans to switch 60% of the nation's energy production to "green" sources in the next 50 years received a mixed-bag reception today.

The plans, announced by the Prime Minister yesterday, would mean scrapping nuclear power stations, huge reductions in the amount of fossil fuels used, and a massive increase in wind and wave power generation.

Although many organisations backed the plan in theory, there was also a broad streak of scepticism as to whether the target was achievable.

The Institute for Public Policy warns that the Energy White Paper could put investment in renewable energy projects at risk. It says that by failing to commit to firm targets for renewable energy, the Government has jeopardised new investment.

The Council for the Protection of Rural England said that, although overall it was a positive step, it was also "sadly lacking firm targets on energy efficiency."

And in Yorkshire, the Country Land and Business Association (CLA) lamented the lack of any mention of renewal "bio-mass" energy production from farmed sources liked willow.


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