Thursday, September 24, 1998 Published at 01:56 GMT 02:56 UK
Renewable energy use to double
Ministers want more power from wind farms to be used
The government is set to order electricity companies to double the amount of power they buy from renewable non-polluting energy sources.
The Energy Minister, John Battle, is also set to announce details of subsidies to ensure that these customers do not have to pay more than consumers who use cheaper electricity created by burning coal and gas.
It will also help reduce the amount of polluting greenhouse gases produced by burning oil and gas.
Greenhouse gases trap heat inside the earth's atmosphere, so causing temperatures to increase and sea levels to rise as the polar ice caps melt.