Decision on carbon target delayed until 2016

Details of the government's long-awaited energy bill has been published and does not include a target to slash emissions from the power sector by 2030.

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General view of a turbine at a wind farm at Siddick in Cumbria. Credit: Phil Noble/PA Archive

A decision on setting carbon emissions for 2030 will now be delayed until 2016 - after the general election.

An estimated £110 billion is needed in the next decade to renew the UK's ageing electricity infrastructure, with much set to go into low-carbon power sources such as wind farms to cut emissions and keep the lights on.


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