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Nuclear Research Advisory Council

Mr. Weir: To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change (1) what the (a) final departure package and (b) pension arrangements were for the previous Chief Executive of the Nuclear Research Advisory Council; [267066]

(2) what the salary of the Chief Executive of the Nuclear Research Advisory Council has been in each of the last 10 years. [267065]

Mr. Kevan Jones: I have been asked to reply.

The Nuclear Research Advisory Council is an advisory non-departmental public body and does not have a chief executive. The Council is headed by a chairman who is neither salaried nor has a departure package nor pension arrangements. The chairman’s remuneration is a daily fee of £315 and he is engaged on average for 17 days a year.

Nuclear Trust

Greg Clark: To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what recent assessment he has made of the work of the Nuclear Trust; and if he will make a statement. [269208]

Mr. Mike O'Brien: The Nuclear Trust owns the Nuclear Liabilities Fund which is responsible for meeting decommissioning cost of British Energy’s existing nuclear power stations, together with defuelling costs and certain British Energy uncontracted liabilities. The Shareholder Executive advises the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change on the Nuclear Liabilities Fund’s holdings as part of its role of managing a portfolio of public sector bodies on behalf of Government. The work of the shareholder executive is set out in its annual report.


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Oil: Syria

Andrew Rosindell: To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what proportion of oil imported to the United Kingdom originated in Syria in each of the last five years. [266947]

Mr. Mike O'Brien: The following table shows the proportion of UK imports of crude oil and finished petroleum products from Syria from 2003-07.

Percentage

Crude oil Petroleum products Overall

2003

0.2

0.1

0.1

2004

0.3

0.0

0.2

2005

1.4

0.2

0.9

2006

0.6

0.0

0.4

2007

1.0

0.0

0.6

Source:
International Energy Agency.

Power Failures

Justine Greening: To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how many (a) planned and (b) unplanned power cuts there have been by (i) region and (ii) London borough in each of the last five years. [266654]

Mr. Mike O'Brien [holding answer 26 March 2009]: A breakdown of planned and unplanned interruptions (counting each household or meter point without power as one interruption) for the last five years is shown in the following table.

The data shown are for EDF London Power Network (LPN) (the entire London distribution service area). Data by borough are not collected.


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EDF (LPN) 2007-08 2006-07 2005-06 2004-05 2003-04

Unplanned interruptions

686,000

816,000

709,000

775,000

770,000

Pre-arranged interruptions

18,000

20,000

21,000

18,000

25,000


Power Stations: Construction

Andrew Rosindell: To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how many (a) gas, (b) coal and (c) oil-fired power stations he expects to begin being constructed in each of the next five years. [259508]

Mr. Mike O'Brien: There is currently 6.7 GW of gas-fired capacity and 0.9 GW of gasified coal capacity with planning consent. Time scales for construction are a matter for the companies concerned. However, the Department publishes an overview of generation capacity development in its annual Energy Markets Outlook Report, which is available at:

Copies of the report are also available in the Libraries of the House.

Power Stations: Planning Permission

Greg Clark: To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what requests his Department has received under section 36 of the Electricity Act 1989 since its creation. [266626]

Mr. Mike O'Brien: Applications DECC has received under S36 of the Electricity Act 1989 are listed as follows:

Date of application Company/location Type Maximum output (MW)

February 2009

Helius Energy plc, Bristol Dock, Avonmouth

Biomass

100

January 2009

Centrica (RBW) Ltd., Race Bank, Greater Wash

Offshore wind farm

620

December 2008

Centrica (DSW) Ltd., Docking Shoal, Greater Wash

Offshore wind farm

540

December 2008

Npower Renewables Ltd., Carnedd Wen, Powys

Onshore wind farm

130-250

October 2008 (withdrawn February 2009)

Marshland Windfarm Ltd., Norfolk

Onshore wind farm

57


Renewable Energy

Graham Stringer: To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what estimate he has made of the increase in the level of biomass crops required to meet the UK’s renewables energy strategy target for 2020. [268802]

Mr. Mike O'Brien: Analysis undertaken for the Renewable Energy Strategy (RES) consultation document suggested that to meet our 2020 target, we may need about a quarter of the UK’s renewable energy to come from biomass-fuelled heat and electricity. A range of biomass sources will be required, including purpose-grown energy crops, wood, and organic wastes such as wood and food waste, manure and slurry. The RES consultation document referred to a previous estimate that there is potential to plant an additional 350,000 hectares of energy crops across the UK by 2020. An updated analysis will be published in the UK Renewable Energy Strategy, which is due in the summer.

Graham Stringer: To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what proportion of the biomass needed by 2020 to comply with the UK renewable energy strategy he estimates will be sourced within the UK. [268803]

Mr. Mike O'Brien: In their consultation on a Renewable Energy Strategy, Government published figures estimating the long term technical potential of sustainable biomass sourced in the UK for heat and electricity to be 100 TWh of primary energy per year. This would be sufficient to meet our modelled bioenergy requirement in 2020 but
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we recognise that, as occurs today, it is likely that we will make use of a mix of domestic and imported products.

We are in the process of furthering our understanding of how the biomass market within the UK may develop and intend to use this information to inform development of the Renewable Energy Strategy. We will, of course, publish our findings.

Greg Clark: To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what proportion of the UK share of the EU 2020 renewable energy target he expects to be met by (a) onshore wind, (b) offshore wind, (c) renewable gas technologies and (d) marine power sources. [269206]

Mr. Mike O'Brien: The 2008 UK Renewable Energy Strategy consultation document set out scenarios for deployment of renewable energy needed to meet the UK’s share of the EU renewable energy target. In one scenario presented in the consultation, the shares of technologies were: 13 per cent. renewable energy from onshore wind, 19 per cent. from offshore wind, at least 5 per cent. from biogas heat and 3-4 per cent. from marine power sources.

Renewable Energy: Finance

Charles Hendry: To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what (a) financial and (b) other support his Department provides for viable renewable energy projects. [269195]

Mr. Mike O'Brien: Changes to the renewables obligation, the main support mechanism for renewable electricity generation, took effect on 1 April. These will provide different levels of support to different technologies depending on their costs. In addition, we took powers in the Energy Act 2008 to introduce a feed-in tariff for small-scale renewable electricity generation, and a renewable heat incentive.

Sellafield

Mr. Dai Davies: To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change if he will instruct his Department's Management Board to investigate the presentation of the projected contingent liabilities arising from the proposed indemnification arrangements for nuclear management partners management contract for Sellafield to Parliament. [263529]

Mr. Mike O'Brien: The presentation to Parliament of the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority’s nuclear indemnity for Nuclear Management Partners in relation to the contract for the parent body organisation (PBO) for the Sellafield Site Licence Company was the responsibility of BERR and it would not, therefore, be appropriate for the management board of DECC to carry out an investigation. The facts of the case are well known and any further investigation is unnecessary.

The Government are committed to following the correct procedures and keeping the House informed and I am told that BERR did so in this case. Because there were elements of special urgency to achieve the contract award date for Sellafield, BERR followed a
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non-standard procedure in accordance with Treasury guidance to Departments in Managing Public Money. The then Minister of State for Energy at BERR wrote on 14 July 2008 to the chairmen the PAC and the Business Select Committee asking them to raise any concerns about the proposed indemnity within 14 working days.

The Minister’s intention was that this letter should be put in the House Libraries on the same day, but that did not happen due to an oversight by a member of staff. This was only noticed on 15 October and it was deposited in the Libraries of the House that same day.

Mr. Dai Davies: To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what indemnification arrangements have been agreed with the consortium appointed to run the National Nuclear Laboratory at Sellafield; if he will publish on his Department's website a copy of those agreements; and which other organisations bid for the National Nuclear Laboratory contract. [266807]

Mr. Mike O'Brien: SBM Group (comprising Serco, Battelle and Manchester University) is the consortium appointed to run the National Nuclear Laboratory and it assumed responsibility on 6 April. Under the agreement, the consortium has provided various indemnities to the Department but the Department has provided none in return. Because the terms of the agreements remain commercially sensitive, it is not our intention to make the terms public.

The only other bidder to pre-qualify and be invited to participate in dialogue was Qqest, a consortium of Energy Solutions and Qinetiq.

Solar Power

Mr. Kidney: To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what steps his Department is taking to meet demand for solar photovoltaic applications under the Low Carbon Buildings Programme. [264888]

Mr. Mike O'Brien: The popularity of the Low Carbon Buildings Programme (LCBP) Phase 2 has lead to an oversubscription in solar photovoltaic applications.

Any applications for solar photovoltaic made after the full budget allocation for this technology was reached (26 February) are being kept on hold. We are discussing the current allocations for the other technology pots with the Framework Suppliers to ensure we can maximise spend through to the end of programme.

LCBP Phase 2 is still open for solar thermal, biomass, micro wind and ground source heat pump applications. In addition, LCBP Phase 1 is open to household applications for the range of technologies including solar photovoltaic.

Street Lighting: Standards

Mr. Stewart Jackson: To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change when he expects Ofgem to issue guidance to local authorities on the required standards for the electrical maintenance of street lighting. [263928]


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Joan Ruddock: Ofgem has worked closely with the industry to develop standards for the maintenance of street lighting i.e. street lighting fault repairs. A Service Level Agreement (SLA) was introduced following extensive consultation by Ofgem involving local authorities and distribution network operators (DNOs). Ofgem published a decision letter in this respect in 2007 and set out a number of key performance indicators (KPIs) to apply to the various street lighting maintenance categories. Ofgem also made it clear that DNOs should be seeking to meet and surpass the KPIs and if performance did not improve it would take action in this respect through the distribution price control review (DPCR).

I understand that Ofgem is now considering the extent of regulation required for the KPIs and is working with the industry to formalise these arrangements through further regulation. Ofgem expects to publish its initial proposals in this respect in July 2009.

Warm Front Scheme

Greg Clark: To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change who the members of the Warm Front Scheme Management Board are; and on what date (a) each was appointed and (b) the term of appointment of each expires. [257472]

Joan Ruddock: The Warm Front Scheme Management Board oversees the delivery and performance of the Warm Front Scheme and its contribution to achievement of the fuel poverty and wider Government targets. The board meets on a quarterly basis. Member organisations of the board are:


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