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By Sam Fankhauser   October 2012

The UK has committed to halving its greenhouse gas emissions by 2025. It plans to do so through a series of mandatory carbon budgets. Analysis by the Committee on Climate Change, the independent body that advises the government, makes clear that to reach this target, electricity generation will have to become almost carbon-free.

Over the last few years Britain has added about 600MW of onshore wind capacity a year. Offshore wind is on a steeper trajectory and is starting from a lower base. About 500MW was added in 2011. The government…

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