In this submission to the House of Lords Science and Technology Sub-Committee II inquiry into the practicalities of developing renewable energy we have concluded that for greener generating technologies to become cost effective, the introduction of the correct economic instruments is the single most important factor. We assessed the level of a carbon tax necessary to make a number of technologies viable against natural gas - currently the cheapest fossil fuel. The level of tax needed to make a technology viable can be used as an indication of current costs and potential for the future.
The submission also raises a number of implementation issues that need to be resolved to ensure the renewable industry can realise its full potential, including the high number of wind farm developments opposed by the Ministry of Defence (MoD).
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