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Grid connection costs hinder renewable projects says report

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THE HIGH cost of connecting wind and wave electricty to the national grid is jeopardising the government's target of producing 10% of energy from 'renewable' sources by 2010, a government report said this week.

'The cost of both connecting the generating plant and dealing with any consequent changes to the distribution network 'can stop renewables projects in their tracks', ' the House of Commons select committee on trade and industry says in its second report on energy supply in the UK.

Government is committed to the 10% target only 'provided the costs to consumers are acceptable', the report states.

Renewable energy schemes face problems because they are normally small, remote and, particularly with wind, supply can fluctuate.

The national distribution network has been constructed on a 'trunk and branch' principle to carry electricity from large, centralised power plants to diverse users.

Power from small remote generators can destabilise flows in the grid, triggering partial shut down, the report warned.

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