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25 April 2005

Mott MacDonald completes first phase of study into renewable energy in Malta

Mott MacDonald has submitted the report for the first phase of a study to develop a strategy for renewable electricity exploitation in Malta for the Malta Resources Authority (MRA). The study covers the Maltese archipelago, including the main island of Malta as well as Gozo and Comino.

As part of Malta's recent accession to the EU25, active promotional policies are required by EU law in the area of renewable energy. The study undertaken by Mott MacDonald approaches this challenge in three phases and will provide a range of strategic options for renewable electricity generation to help the government meet a target percentage of national power demand to be determined.

The first phase, which is now largely complete, has involved using an economic cost optimisation model to define the most appropriate mixture of renewable generation types, including wind and solar. A range of scenarios were developed taking into account considerations such as planning and physical, legal and economic constraints. Under Phase II Mott MacDonald will develop a set of policies that could be used to support the introduction of renewable generation sources and identify ways of raising finance for a support policy. The final phase of work will involve developing a chosen technology scenario and associated policy option into a 'roadmap' for introducing renewable generation capacity to the islands.

The final phase of the project will be completed by August 2005.

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