Huhne backs troubled CCS plan

ENERGY secretary Chris Huhne yesterday reinforced government support for the UK’s work on renewable energy projects, just a week after the future of the costly carbon capture and storage (CCS) scheme was thrown into doubt.

Huhne yesterday signed a deal with Norway to cooperate on carbon capture and storage projects, as well as agreeing to continue work on joint developments of North Sea oil and gas resources.

The commitment to develop CCS follows a week in which its future was thrown into doubt after the British government scrapped plans to fund a demonstration project in Longannet in Scotland, as pledged in the March Budget.

It is thought that cost constraints were behind the back-pedal.

And the Energy and Climate Change Committee warned yesterday that the UK is unlikely to produce working CCS projects before 2020.