Calls for explicit renewable energy targets to be included in National Policy Statements (NPSs) were dealt a blow this week after renewable groups a pro-wind lobby rejected this approach to building new low-carbon infrastructure.
Giving evidence to the Energy and Climate Change Committee of MPs this week renewable energy groups said they favoured a market-based approach without explicit targets in NPSs. The nuclear industry also endorsed this view.
Last week green groups claimed decisions made by the new Infrastructure Planning Commission (IPC) could be challenged by judicial review as carbon reduction targets were not considered in energy policy statements (News 21 January).
“It is not for the IPC to pick technologies,” said British Wind Energy Association (BWEA) head of offshore renewables Peter Madigan, explaining that prioritising different forms of energy generation should be dealt with by government policies.
But BWEA planning advisor Gemma Grimes said NPSs would see more renewable energy projects progress.
“The market has been successful in putting projects forward, but the planning system has failed to put the projects through,” she said.