Cluff Geothermal Managing Director George Percy welcomed DECC Minister Greg Barker’s support for deep geothermal energy in an interview in REA News. Mr Barker declared he was ‘turning his attention to geothermal [energy]’ and would love to see British firms helping to develop geothermal energy potential abroad. He specifically mentioned Kenya, where he had discussed the technology with that country’s Prime Minister.
George Percy, Cluff Geothermal’s Managing Director, said ‘Greg Barker has been a strong supporter of deep geothermal energy in the past. Geothermal Energy can deliver substantial amounts of low carbon, renewable and non-intermittent energy, and Greg has recognised the great potential it has for deployment in the UK and elsewhere. We are developing some exciting heat only projects here in the UK and I expect Cluff’s projects in the North East to be pathfinders for the technology in the UK. We are also very active in the East African Rift Valley, including in Kenya which has exceptional geothermal potential. Through the REA we will be contributing to the policy debate on how geothermal energy should fit into policy instruments such as the Renewables Obligation and the RHI, and we look forward to working with Greg and DECC as the sector grows. These are exciting times for geothermal energy in the UK.’