Tuesday, 3 May 2011

How much did the UK miss it's renewables target by?

It seems, in the words of Michael Caine, that not a lot of people knew the UK had a renewables target to reach in 2010 - most of the chatter is about 2020.

But we did - a target of 10% had been set for 2010.

The bad news is that according to data from the DECC and Ofgem, the UK only managed to produce 6.5% of electricity from renewable sources.

So where does that leave us?

The director of the Renewable Energy Foundation reckons that the figures show the 2020 target of 15% is "plainly beyond reach".

Instead, he's suggesting the present target-led renewable policy be replaced.

And despite all the Government incentives and the uptake of solar energy, the news gets worse.

2010 saw a 6% drop in onshore wind energy production from 27% in 2009 to just 21% in 2010.

You can read the DECC report here.

photo credit: retail mania

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