Renewables to provide half of new power

Renewable energy will provide over half of the UK’s new power generation by 2025, according to the Department for Energy and Climate Change.

Energy secretary Chris Huhne has launched the consultation on the government’s revised draft national policy statements on energy, which includes proposals to significantly increase the use of renewable technology such as wind power.

“We are setting out our energy need which will help guide the planning process, so that if sound proposals come forward in sensible places, they will not face unnecessary hold-ups,” said Huhne.

“We urgently need investment in new and diverse energy sources to power the UK.”

The government has already supported the previous administration’s development of offshore wind projects.

However, Huhne also announced he is scrapping plans for a large-scale tidal energy project in the Severn estuary, saying a review of the proposals found there is no “strategic case” for the scheme.