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Report: UK's Energy Policy Too Wind Focused
Jul 24, 2009
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The UK's energy policy is too "wind focused," according to a British industry organization, and the UK should invest more in nuclear and clean coal energy. The organization says the UK should put less emphasis on wind power if it wants a secure low-carbon future.

A BBC report quoting a report by Confederation of British Industry (CBI) says that the UK's government energy policy is "disjointed" and it is urging a "more balanced" energy mix. The current approach means the UK might miss climate change targets, it added.

The government said putting in place a balanced mix of renewables, new nuclear, and cleaner fossil fuels was at the heart of its energy policy.

But the CBI is calling for more action. "The government's disjointed approach is deterring the private sector investment needed to get our energy system up to scratch, bolster security and cut emissions," said CBI deputy director general John Cridland.

"While we have generous subsidies for wind power, we urgently need the national planning statements needed to build new nuclear plants. If we carry on like this we will end up putting too many of our energy eggs in one basket."

A spokesman for the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) said: "We know that big investments need certainty, and we're on track with our promise to remove costly unnecessary barriers to new nuclear, such as the planning reforms already in train."
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