Ofgem backs small-scale electricity generation
Small-scale sustainable electricity generation projects could be easier to get off the ground following the news that Ofgem is backing such schemes.
Speaking to BBC Radio 4's Today programme, Andrew Wright, managing director of the organisation, said under the present system communities are required to meet "complex rules".
"What our proposals will do is reduce the risk and administrative burden on these schemes to a level that is proportionate to their size," Mr Wright explained.
Under the plans put forward by the regulator, the administrative burden for local generators, such as those used on new housing developments, would be taken up by major electricity suppliers.
"We are hoping that suppliers will see this potentially as a new commercial opportunity for them, and we hope they will be competing to provide these supplier services to help small-scale suppliers to access the market," he added.
Energy minister Malcolm Wicks said that the move represented a "major milestone" in achieving the government's target of making locally generated electricity a viable choice.
Article Date: 18 June 2008
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