Missed renewable energy targets will cost UK dear, warns study
(The Guardian, 20 Apr 12) Consumers set to pay the price as electricity companies are forced to import more gas, damaging prospects for green jobs.
The UK is set to miss its renewable energy targets by a wide margin – a failure that could result in billions of pounds being added to energy bills as we rely increasingly on imported gas, according to a new study.
Only 3% of the UK's energy currently comes from renewable sources, such as sun and wind, compared with a European average of 12%, despite a series of high-profile government policies aimed at increasing that percentage.
Britain is committed to producing 15% of its energy from renewable sources by 2020 – but campaigners say that the government currently has no prospect of achieving that target.
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