REA responds to DECC’s announcement on Deep Geothermal

In response to DECC’s announcement on Deep Geothermal, Gaynor Hartnell, Chief Executive of the REA, said:

“The Government’s enthusiasm is welcome, but this is actually a cut, as the original fund was £2m.  What this new industry really needs is specific recognition under the forthcoming renewable heat incentive.  At the moment it is lumped in with ground source heat pumps, and the two are completely different technologies.  These hot rocks can also be used for power generation – but we won’t have projects coming forward unless it gets similar levels of support to wave and tidal energy.”

Ryan Law, Chair of the REA’s Deep Geothermal Group and managing director of Geothermal Engineering Ltd, the first company to gain planning permission for a commercial geothermal power plant in the UK, said:

“Britain has a significant geothermal resource. In parts of the country the underground temperature is over 200 degrees Celsius – it’s like having a renewable power station under our feet. The Department of Energy and Climate Change is predicting that 3% of the total electricity demand will be met by geothermal energy technology by 2030. The ultimate vision of the industry is closer to 7%. With government backing, we can make this a reality.”  

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