Renewable Energy Research Initiative Launched in UK

A new inquiry investigating the role of renewable power generation in the UK’s future energy mix has been launched.

The inquiry is the second of three studies run by independent think tank Carbon Connect and chaired by former energy minister Charles Hendry MP and House of Lords’ Opposition Energy and Climate Change Spokesperson, Baroness Worthington.

The first inquiry looked at fossil fuels and the third will explore the role of nuclear.

Launching the renewables’ inquiry in Westminster, Hendry said: “Our first inquiry on fossil fuels showed there is such appetite for fact-based research. The response we received from industry and government showed that we are filling a gap in terms of authoritative research documents.

He said that the renewables study was “going to be one of the most important parts of the whole Future Electricity Series”. 

“Settling the debate on the role of renewables and how they tie into security of supply is one of the most urgent parts of the energy debate.”

Baroness Worthington added: “We need less ideology and more evidence within the energy debate. We need to conduct less of our energy policy discussions in the hype of the media, and really get down and do our homework on the fundamentals that underpin the electricity market. That is why this is a very important series and we look forward to taking ideas and evidence from across the energy and policy communities”.

The final ‘Power from Renewables’ report will be launched in parliament in July.

Carbon Connect was launched in June 2009, by the then Energy Secretary Ed Miliband – now leader of the Opposition – to act as an independent forum to facilitate discussion and debate between business, government and parliament to bring about a low carbon transformation underpinned by sustainable energy.

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Kelvin Ross is Editor of Power Engineering International magazine and its associated publications – Middle East Energy and the Global Power Review . Previously, Kelvin was News Editor at UK online news site Energy Live News, Production Editor and Head of Design on daily international shipping newspaper Lloyd’s List, Deputy Editor for a group of weekly London newspapers and has worked as a freelance sub-editor on UK national newspapers.

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