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Calls For UK Government To Focus On Renewable Energy

Six of the UK’s leading renewable energy trade associations have written an open letter to the government, calling on them to put renewable energy at the heart of the country’s industrial strategy.

RenewableUK, Scottish Renewables, Renewable Energy Association, Solar Trade Association, Regen and the Electricity Storage Network all put their names to the letter, which was sent to Greg Clark, secretary of state for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS).

The document compiled by the organisations makes the case for renewable energy as a low-cost and low-carbon choice. It adds that wind, tidal and wave energy should be at the heart of the industrial strategy.

Director of policy at Scottish Renewables Jenny Hogan explained that the UK is a “key player” in the global renewable energy sector, which has grown into a huge industry.

“With the right backing from government, renewable energy can continue to be the driver of our growing low-carbon economy for generations to come,” she asserted.

Emma Pinchbeck, RenewableUK’s executive director, added that her organisation has submitted a comprehensive response to the government’s consultation on its industrial strategy, which demonstrates how on and offshore wind, as well as tidal and wave energy, are the key technologies to focus on.

Earlier this year the National Grid warned that the UK was set to miss its 2020 renewable energy targets. It noted that the pace at which such technology is being adopted needs to significantly increase, although added that even if substantial gains were made, the country is still likely to fall short of the aim of producing 15 per cent of all our energy from renewable sources.

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