A report on
Thursday stated that the UK government failed to meet their energy
target of having 10 percent of electricity generated from renewable
energy sources such as solar, wave, and wind.
energy target was set in 2000 and due to be completed in 2010. But
according to the figures released by the National
Audit Office (NAO), only 2.3 percent of the 10 percent goal was
accomplished, leaving the government short 75 percent less than their
intended objective. The NAO responded to this shortfall by
criticizing the Department of
Energy and Climate Change (DECC)'s use of government funding.
Department needs a more
strategic approach to delivering government funding for
renewable energy technologies," said Amyas Morse, head of the
NAO. "This requires cleaner plans, better information, improved
co-ordination and a more consistent approach to assessing results."
NAO said the co-ordination of plans to offer support to consumers for
renewable energy technologies has "historically been limited,"
and "there has been no routine collection of information on the
spending and delivery by these schemes." They also found that
the "government-funded direct support for renewable technology
totaled GBP $265 million between 2000 and 2009." In addition,
the NAO noted that this fund is separate from fiscal and regulatory
support, like the Renewables
Obligation, which provided GBP $1 billion.
NAO isn't the only group upset by the deficit. Environmental groups
also supported the renewable energy goal and were disappointed, along
with much of the rest of the general public, with the government's
performance leading to this failure. But the DECC insists that the UK
is on schedule and now has a new
energy goal set for 2020.
new renewable energy target is to cut the emission of greenhouse
gases by 34 percent by 2020. Many are skeptical of this goal because
recent reports state that only 28 percent of greenhouse gas has been
cut since 1990 by the UK.
the failure to meet the 10 percent goal, the UK government was
successful in "delivering
technology innovation" and increased the supply of
energy through the funding.
present, the 2020 target looks optimistic," said Morse. "The
Department should complete work on developing its renewable energy
plans as a matter of urgency, and agree responsibilities with
delivery bodies for implementing the plan."
quote: we will still have to build more coal plants to replace the nuclear plants that are so to be decommissioned
quote: Yes, solar power is still very expensive but its an improvement. When was the last time you could outfit your house with solar panels and go mostly off the grid? Clearly improvements have been made.
quote: A nice chart outlining my argument: http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/thumb/e/e... The best performing solar cell currently has a 41% efficiency compared to 25% efficiency 20 years ago.
quote: And green marketing? I'm talking about real life here. Marketing is another planet whether you're talking about "green" energy products or oil companies.
quote: Fortunately energy is NOT one of the biggest problems. Humans survived before it was as widespread as it is now and would do so even better given the tech we have today.
quote: You should stop being so fundamentalist and understand that sooner or latter we'll have to switch to something that is renewable because the other sources are... go figure, not renewable.