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UK renewable industry needs not properly addressed in election campaign: Survey

CTBR Staff Writer Published 27 April 2015

A survey conducted by the UK Renewable Energy Association (REA) has revealed that political parties have failed to address the needs of renewable energy industry in the ongoing election campaign.

In the survey of 136 REA members, 95% agreed that political parties are not addressing the needs of the industry.

Of those surveyed, 29% considered the Green Party the best for renewables industry. The Liberal Democrats were seen as the next best choice.

On the policy front, 56% said the feed-in tariff was the most important followed by the Renewable Heat Incentive with 52%. The 2030 decarbonisation target was high on the list of priorities for 44%.

REA CEO Nina Skorupska said: "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.

"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."

REA represents the full range of renewable technologies across all applications. Its members represent about 700 firms including energy suppliers, service providers, project developers, manufacturers, organics recyclers and composters.