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The energy industry comprises a range of sub-sectors including coal, oil, gas, renewable energy, hydroelectric, tidal and nuclear. This Practice Note is intended to give a broad overview of energy projects with the main focus being on renewable energy projects such as wind farms, biomass and solar projects.
The government has committed to, and is legally obliged by the Climate Change Act 2008 (CCA 2008) to, reducing carbon emissions by 20% and intends to achieve its targets by increasing the production and use of energy from renewable sources by 2020. The Office for Renewable Energy Deployment (ORED) has been tasked with the job of ensuring these targets are met. The ORED works closely with stakeholders and developers to assist in accelerated deployment in the key areas of financing and accessibility of project delivery. The government also announced, on 14 June 2011, the promotion of anaerobic digestion as a key area for further development (Anaerobic Digestion Strategy and Action Plan). Government reports suggest that by 2020 more than 30% of our energy could come from renewable sources. The government's aim is to deal adequately with projected growth in worldwide energy demand and secure the UK's energy supplies for the future.
The Energy Act 2011 (EA 2011) introduced the 'Green Deal' financing framework, which provides for set improvements to be made to UK households and non-domestic properties.
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