Memorandum from the Ministry of Defence
(a) The MOD has
a large estate in the UK and is a considerable consumer of energy.
What energy targets, if any, has the Department set with regard
to the purchase of self-generation of renewable energy for the
period up to 2010?
At present MOD does not have targets for the
purchase or self-generation of renewable energy for the period
up to 2010. MOD energy consumption is in the order of 80 per cent
of the overall Government total, the majority of which is in the
form of electricity. The Department is concerned that the purchase
of a significant portion of the available green energy supplies
would have two main effects; firstly it would put a premium price
on the supply of green energy due to the limited amount available
and secondly it may preclude other industries from gaining the
benefit from the advantages of using green energy offered by the
Climate Change Levy. Recent tender returns for the supply of 1MW
sites with a 5 per cent element to be from renewable sources indicated
that this target is not achievable in some areas of the country.
An internal MOD working group has been tasked
with developing a comprehensive non-operational energy management
system which includes reviewing policy on the purchase and self-generation
of renewable energy.
(b) What policy or operational interests,
if any, does the MOD have in the development and siting of different
kinds of renewable energy generation plantincluding the
erection of wind turbines either onshore or offshore?
The current MOD policy on the development and
siting of different kinds of renewable energy generation plant
is to assess options on a case by case basis. The Department currently
has the capacity to produce over 2MW of electricity from combined
heat and power and has installed solar heating on some barrack
blocks and a swimming pool. The Defence Logistics Organisation
is currently seeking funding for the siting of a 12MWh wind farm
in West Scotland. Ambient energy systems are to be installed in
two office facilities along with sun pipes and water harvesting
systems. A feasibility study is currently looking at the installation
of earth energy systems to nine further office blocks.
The MOD's position on the erection of wind turbines
is that each proposal will be assessed on a case by case basis.
MOD studies have found that the size and physical properties of
the wind turbines can impact on operational training. The height
of these is significant when low flying and the motion of the
blades can interfere with the performance of equipment such as
radar and other electronic devices.