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REF on UK Government Renewable Energy Strategy 2009

In response to requests for information and comments REF has today published a response to the government’s recent Renewable Energy Strategy paper in the form of a short briefing note.

REF’s analysis suggests that the 2020 EU target for 15% of Final Energy Consumption (FEC) from renewable sources will probably be around 20% greater than that for which the government is planning and could be around 50% more costly.

Dr John Constable, Director of Policy and Research for REF said: "The government's estimates of target size are based on the assumption that the UK will be using less energy in 2020 than it is today, in spite of a significantly larger population and a return to economic growth. This just isn't plausible."