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    Stakeholders' responses feed into Energy White Paper decisions

    News // December 6, 2002
    Security of energy supply and environmental factors are highlighted as key considerations for Britain's future energy policy according to the energy industry, consumer organisations and interest groups in their response to the Government's largest ever consultation on energy issues.

    The need for a longer-term strategic view of energy policy to inform investment decisions and research and development (R&D) was also highlighted in responses made by stakeholders and are published on the DTI web site at the end of November. Views provided will help inform decisions in the run to the publication of the Energy White Paper in the New Year.

    Energy Minister Brian Wilson commented: "I have been struck and very pleased by the level of interest and the quality of debate that this consultation on the White Paper has inspired."

    "Stakeholders have endorsed our key energy objectives of maintaining security of supply, whilst meeting our environmental targets and providing affordable energy to consumers. They have also fuelled our continuing discussions about how we develop those themes over the coming years as we begin to shape longer-term energy policy. I am most impressed by the contributions."

    Key messages from stakeholders included: the importance of energy security but acknowledgement that no acute risks were posed at the moment; agreement that more action should be taken to address climate change, especially through market mechanisms, suchas carbon trading;strong support for maximising our use of renewable generation and the need for Government to continue its support through the Renewables Obligation, capital grants and R&D; strongly divided views on nuclear generation; a number of calls for more Government support for commercialisation of near- market technologies and also for a clearer view of strategic long-term policy.

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