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PowerPerfector

Gregory Barker: To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what progress has been made on the rollout of PowerPerfector at Whitehall Place. [236394]

Mr. Mike O'Brien: The PowerPerfector at Whitehall Place was installed on 8 March 2008. It is currently saving an average of 9 per cent. of pre installation consumption, and is predicted to result in annual savings of 167,000 kg CO2.

Renewable Energy

Greg Clark: To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change which funding schemes operated by his Department support (a) renewable energy (b) technology development and (c) production. [236739]

Mr. Mike O'Brien: DECC provides capital grant and other funding for the demonstration and pre-commercial deployment of low carbon and renewable energy technologies under the Environmental Transformation Fund. This includes support for the Carbon Trust innovation portfolio. The Government also provide support for renewables through market drivers such as the Renewables Obligation, which is expected to be worth around a billion pounds a year by 2010.


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Renewable Energy: National Grid

Mr. Tyrie: To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what estimate he has made of the cost which would be incurred by the National Grid if nuclear energy were used to meet the 2020 renewables target. [236314]

Mr. Mike O'Brien: The Department has made no analysis of the impact of using nuclear energy to meet the 2020 renewables target because nuclear is not a renewable. Nuclear will of course help to reduce emissions.

Renewables Advisory Board

Greg Clark: To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what future work programme has been set for the Renewables Advisory Board; and if he will make a statement. [236723]

Mr. Mike O'Brien: The Renewables Advisory Board sets its work programme in January of each year. The work plan is available at:

and the 2009 programme will be published in the new year.

Renewables Advisory Board: Finance

Greg Clark: To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what funding the Government has provided for the Renewables Advisory Board in each financial year since its creation. [234646]

Mr. Mike O'Brien: The Renewables Advisory Board (RAB) was created in 2002.

The Government have provided the following funding to support the activities of the advisory non-departmental public body, RAB:


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£

2005-06

190,144

2006-07

310,785

2007-08

260,315

2008-09

252,145


West of Shetland Taskforce Steering Group

Gregory Barker: To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what recent steps have been taken by the West of Shetland Taskforce Steering Group; what assessment of its progress he has made; and if he will make a statement. [236398]

Mr. Mike O'Brien: The west of Shetlands and west of Scotland represents a potential 17 per cent. of the UK’s remaining oil and gas reserves. Getting the right infrastructure in place to capitalise on this area is of growing significance as we continue to meet the challenge of a secure and diverse energy supply.

No one company or single field is sufficient to drive the building of this infrastructure and my Department established a Government/Industry Taskforce to seek a collective solution. The task force identified a number of options for new infrastructure and agreed an industry sponsored process to test the appetite for third party investment.

An independent broker was contracted to approach a range of potential investors including UK Continental Shelf licensees with interests to the west of Shetland, utility companies and financial organisations. The process closed at the end of October. I understand that there has been interest expressed by a number of licensees beyond the co-sponsors of the third party process (the Laggan/Tormore field and Rosebank field partners.)

It is now a matter for these interested licence groups to consider the options and establish the commercial arrangements necessary to bring forward development proposals for consideration by my Department. I am hopeful that we will see further technical work begin early in the new year that will lead to a development decision during 2009.


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