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Renewable Energy Unable to Meet U.K.’s Energy Need, Report Says

December 12, 2011

Dec. 12 (Bloomberg) -- Renewable energy can’t meet the U.K.’s energy needs and government policies to promote it will lead to higher costs for consumers, said a report by the Adam Smith Institute and Scientific Alliance.

Renewable energy is too unreliable ever to replace gas, coal and nuclear generation, said the report published on the Adam Smith Institute website today. The decommissioning of coal- fired and nuclear power stations over the coming decade is a threat to energy security, said the report.

Wind energy would never be economically viable and wind turbines were doing little to reduce carbon emissions and fossil fuel consumption, said the report.

The Scottish government has a target to meet all of the country’s energy needs from renewable sources by 2020, compared with 15 percent for the U.K.

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