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Press Release
03 Apr 2007

The Renewable Energy Centre Backs Proposals to Lift Planning Permission Restrictions on Green Technology for Homes

The recently launched website www.therenewablenergycentre.co.uk should be the first stop for any individual now considering micro-generation installations for their home.

The Local Government and Climate Change Summit was held on Wednesday by the Green Alliance organisation in central London. Attended by Local Government Councillors, Government Agencies and businesses, the main aim of the Summit was to share learning on achievements, facilitate debate on the role of the Government and businesses and to develop policy recommendations.

Ruth Kelly, Labour Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government was invited as the key note speaker and her main objective for the speech was to emphasise the role that local authorities can play in tackling climate change.

Contrary to the Conservative’s recent proposal for an increase in tax for airline passengers, Kelly highlighted the far more significant fact that UK household emissions account for roughly 5 times more than those from air travel and up to a quarter of the UK’s overall carbon emissions.

Kelly’s main proposal therefore, was that household micro-generation devices such as wind turbines, solar panels and ground source heat pumps would no longer require planning permission. The only restrictions would be for cases in which it would provide little real benefit or would have a negative impact on the surrounding neighborhood.

Currently, applications must be processed and approved by the local council and this may take several months and cost up to a £1000. There are currently approximately 100,000 micro generation installations across the UK including wind and water source or ground source heat pumps. Based on these latest proposals the figure is expected to rise to more than 1.3 million by 2020.

The Renewable Energy Centre website was launched in early 2007 and contains a fully comprehensive national and local directory of specialist products and suppliers in this arena. There are pages of advice and information on all areas of renewable energy which is particularly useful for property owners researching the possible options available and will help them make an informed decision.

Entrepreneur Richard Simmons, who was behind the success of Email4Property which now sees over 1 million visitors a month, is convinced this new venture will also become one of the most accessed websites in the UK as he explained; “I was investigating installing Solar Water Heating for my family home and realised that there was no comprehensive point of reference where I could find the information and contacts I needed. With so much focus on global warming it was obvious that there was a huge gap in the market for this kind of website. We are very excited about how the website will serve both people and businesses and help to accelerate the use of renewable technology within the UK.”

Kelly also emphasised the importance of the role of homeowners in Wednesday’s speech. “These green technologies can help keep fuel bills down and can even allow households to earn a small amount by selling excess electricity to the grid”.

The plans, if approved, will be included in the upcoming white paper and are set to be implemented by October 1st this year. The proposal is just part of a new overall government strategy to encourage councils, businesses and homeowners to join the fight against climate change.

For more information visit:
http://www.therenewableenergycentre.co.uk

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Notes for Editors:

www.therenewableenergycentre.co.uk

The Renewable Energy Centre is committed to informing all online users about energy saving and renewable energy in order to:

  • increase public awareness through accurate and informative resources
  • create business opportunities throughout the UK through its’ local and national directories.


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