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UK wind body to promote tide and wave energy too

Date: 23-May-03
Country: UK

"Under the agreement the BWEA will expand its mission and will commit dedicated resources to advance the development of the UK's wind, wave and tidal steam resources," the association said in a statement.

Under the agreement, Seapower, which represents the UK's marine renewable industry apart from offshore wind, would merge with BWEA in the coming months.

The new organisation will keep the BWEA name and is scheduled for an October launch to focus on the offshore renewables industry and issues such as grid connection, planning and financing.

Britain promotes the use of renewable energy sources such as wind, solar and biomass power as a tool to bring down polluting greenhouse gas emissions to curb climate change under a United Nations Kyoto protocol.

It has set a goal of generating 10 percent of its electricity from green energy sources by 2010, up from three percent at present.

The U.N. said recently the UK is well on course to meet its Kyoto target to cut emissions by 12.5 percent by 2010 on 1990's levels.

However, Britain's green energy industry said on Tuesday the government needs to extend the targets for renewable energy beyond 2010 or risk failing to meet existing goals.

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