Government must 'take the lead' over renewable energy

THE Government has come under pressure to provide clearer and more consistent leadership over renewable energy.

More than 200 organisations have signed a letter to David Cameron and Nick Clegg following growing concerns about the slow pace and complexity of the Department for Energy and Climate Change’s (DECC) policy framework.

It comes after a series of interventions by the Treasury which critics said has created confusion about Government objectives and has left key renewable power technologies without the clarity they need.

The recently published Renewables Obligation (RO) Banding document was meant to define support levels for renewable power technologies until 2017. 

However, onshore wind, solar power and anaerobic digestion (AD) now have a year or less of forward visibility.

Chairman of the Renewable Energy Association (REA), Martin Wright, said: “The decisions for renewable power were late and raised more questions than they answered. Renewables must not be treated like a political football, kicked between DECC and Treasury.

“Government shouldn’t squander this once in a generation opportunity to transform our energy system into one fit for the future, with all the jobs and inward investment this will bring.”

The REA said it was frustrated with the pace of policy making and its ‘lack of direction’.

Mr Wright added: “The UK is lagging behind virtually all other countries on renewable energy. This Government needs to start living up to its Coalition Agreement, and its promise to be the greenest ever.”

The open letter has been signed by investors such as Novusmodus and Climate Change Capital, the TUC’s Frances O’Grady, the University and College Union and the NFU.

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