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Wednesday, June 18, 2008

"Britain to Miss Renewable Energy Targets - Report," Reuters/Planet Ark, June 19, 2008.

LONDON - Britain is set to miss its own renewable energy target and will also fail to meet European Union requirements unless it steps up action substantially, a parliamentary report said on Thursday.

The government has committed Britain to getting 10 percent of its electricity from renewable sources by 2010. Under an EU deal last year, it will have to quadruple that a decade later.

Today, Britain gets less than five percent of its electricity from renewables, mainly wind. And despite many positive words, a combination of planning restrictions and rising material prices makes it unlikely it will be doubled in just two years.

"We have been consistently disappointed by the lack of urgency expressed by the government -- and at times by the electricity industry -- in relation to the challenge ahead," said Phil Willis, head of the Innovation, Universities, Science and Skills select committee.

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