Departmental spending on Geothermal energy

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Dear Department of Energy and Climate Change,

I would like to request the amount of departmental spending on Geothermal energy research, construction, maintenance and deconstruction for UK. I would like the spending broken down by:

1. Category of spending in the supplementary budgetary report
(http://www.hm-treasury.gov.uk/d/sbi66_de...). Examples of categories that seem most likely are:
- Supporting affordable, secure and sustainable energy
- Bringing about a low-carbon UK

AND

2. Time: I would like this information broken down annually from 2003 up to the time this request is answered. The years should be consistent with those in the supplementary budgetary report
(http://www.hm-treasury.gov.uk/d/sbi66_de...)

I realise that the department of energy and climate change has only been in existence for a year and therefore would like the equivalent spending from BERR previous to this.

I request that this information is sent to me in an Excel
spreadsheet.

Yours faithfully,

Lisa Evans

FOI Requests,

Ref: 10/0425

Dear Ms Evans,

Thank you for your request for information which was received on 3 March.
Your request has been passed on to the appropriate official at the
Department of Energy and Climate Change to deal with.

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Kay

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Feliks Michael \(Energy Efficiency & Consumers\), Department of Energy and Climate Change

Ms Lisa Evans

Email address as above

Ref No: 10/0425

18 March 2010

Dear Ms Evans,

Thank you for your email of 3 March 2010 where you requested information
about the amount of departmental spending on Geothermal energy research,
construction, maintenance and deconstruction for UK, broken down annually
from 2003 up to the time of your request.

We have defined `geothermal energy` as referring to deep geothermal
energy.  This is the common usage of the term `geothermal energy', as
opposed to energy from near-surface technologies such as ground source
heat pumps (which in fact make use of solar energy stored in the
soil).  

DTI/BERR/DECC had no spend on deep geothermal energy research,
construction, maintenance and deconstruction for UK in the financial years
2003-04 to 2008-09.

However in the current financial year, 2009-10, DECC does have programmed
spend on deep geothermal energy. This information is exempt under Section
21 of the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), because the information is
accessible to you, as it is already in the public domain on the website
below. A £6m fund was announced last summer - the `Deep Geothermal
Challenge Fund'. The three winning bidders to the £4m first round, for
spending in the financial year 2009-10, were announced on 22 December. 
The outturn spend for this financial year will not be known until after
the end of the financial year.  You can read more about this at

[1]http://www.decc.gov.uk/en/content/cms/wh...
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Yours sincerely,

Michael Feliks

Distributed Energy and Heat Team

Department of Energy and Climate Change

Area 1E, 3 Whitehall Place

London

SW1A 2AW

Telephone: 0300 068 5105

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