HC Deb 16 May 1989 vol 153 cc146-7W
Mr. Greg Knight

To ask the Secretary of State for Energy what steps he is taking to encourage the greater use of environment-friendly sources of energy.

Mr. Michael Spicer

All sources of energy have enrivonmental consequences, but the non-fossil obligation in the Electricity Bill will guarantee a level of diversity for electricity generation. In addition, my Department is giving specific encouragement through its support for research and development on renewable forms of energy and clean, more efficient, coal technologies.

In recognition of the potential of renewables, my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State recently announced that the Government had decided to add a number of extra tranches to the non-fossil fuel obligation. These will be reserved exclusively for renewable projects. This will help realise the environmental benefits which renewables offer.

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