Renewable energy industry failed by political parties, survey finds

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6th May 2015 10:15 - Utilities

A new survey by the Renewable Energy Association has discovered that nearly all of its members believed the UK political parties have failed Renewable energy industry failed by political parties, survey findsthe renewable energy industry, during their campaigns for tomorrow’s (7th May 2015) general election.

Of the 136 Renewable Energy Association members surveyed, 95 per cent believed that the political parties are not addressing the needs of the renewable energy industry whilst campaigning in the run up to the general election.

Dr Nina Skorupska, CEO of the Renewable Energy Association, said of the findings: “These figures show first-hand the concern of renewable energy companies up and down the country at how the political parties are failing to adequately address the needs of our industry.”

Skorupska also said: “The next government will need to show much more leadership early on and face-up to the challenge of ensuring that the UK meets its ambitious renewables targets, which will allow our industry to play a key role if the regulatory environment enables us to expand, innovate and thrive.”

Of the respondents, 29 per cent said that the Green Party was the best political party to serve the renewable energy sector, closely followed by the Liberal Democrats as second best.

A further 18 per cent said that they believed that Labour would serve the renewable energy sector the best and just 15 per cent cited the Conservative party as the best party to serve the industry.

56 per cent of the participants said that they believed the feed-in tariff was the most important policy and should be prioritised by the next government. These figures come just a day after new figures suggest that the stand-alone feed-in tariff appears to be set for a period of hyperdegression.

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