§ Mr. Timms
The Department has supported with capital grants the following number of demonstrations of renewable energy technologies not yet economic with support from the Renewables Obligation alone. This includes funding for Capital Grants which has been allocated from the Big Lottery Fund.
The total number of projects in each sector that the Department is aware of is:
Photovoltaic—653, under the major demonstration programme.
Biomass—21, under the Bioenergy Capital Grants Scheme
Offshore wind—12, under the Offshore Wind Capital Grants Scheme.
§ Mr. Timms
Our overall target is that by 2010, 10 per cent. of the UK's electricity should come from renewable sources. ODPM are currently reviewing their national guidelines which help set out planning guidance for local authorities on renewable energy development. Responses to their consultation and the new planning guidance, PPS 22, are being analysed and final publication of PPS 22 is due in the summer.
At a regional level the Southwest Government Office have planning guidance in the shape of RPG 10—produced in 2001 and informed by PPS 22's predecessor. This sets an indicative target of 11–15 per cent. of electricity from renewables by 2010—just under 600MW of capacity. The regional office then worked with individual counties to agree indicative targets at the county level and incorporate them into individual renewable energy strategies; for example, Devon has a 151 MW indicative target. These were based upon detailed resource and character assessments of the landscape but the indicative targets are not split by technology. RPG 10 is due to be updated by the Regional Spatial Strategy in 2005—which will be informed by PPS 22. No guidelines have been issued in respect of renewable energy provision for any individual development.