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Additional renewable energy growth through small-scale community orientated energy policies

Hain, J.J. and Ault, G.W. and Galloway, S.J. and Cruden, A. and McDonald, J.R. (2005) Additional renewable energy growth through small-scale community orientated energy policies. Energy Policy, 33 (9). pp. 1199-1212. ISSN 0301-4215

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Abstract

This paper summarises the energy policies that the UK Government has enacted in order to achieve its renewable targets by 2010. Current policies are designed primarily to support large-scale renewable projects through Renewable Obligation Certificates, Levy Exemption Certificates and capital grant schemes. Non-profit domestic and non-profit community renewable projects are also eligible for grant support. First-hand experience of privately owned renewable projects indicate that existing renewable policy is insufficient in its support of both small-scale and community-based profit oriented renewable energy (RE) schemes. Primary and secondary survey information suggests that people living in regions where RE will be situated may generally be inclined to support broader uses of renewables in these regions. Small-scale renewables can make a significant cumulative contribution to the RE mix. The results reported in this paper support the contention that the Government could go further towards approaching its targets through rural-focused changes to its energy incentive programmes.