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'Strength and stability' sought by UK renewables body

UK: The Renewable Energy Association (REA) has laid out its policy recommendations from the industry, ahead of the UK general election next month.

REA chief executive Nina Skorupska presented the manifesto in Glasgow
REA chief executive Nina Skorupska presented the manifesto in Glasgow

The REA released its "Manifesto for Growth" at the All-Energy conference in Glasgow, Scotland.

Its three headline recommendations for political parties include a recommitment to the UK's 2008 Climate Change Act, which set an emissions reduction target, a promise to establish a clean growth plan to meet carbon budgets and a pledge to move all current EU regulations in to UK law following Brexit.

Its chief executive, Nina Skorupska, echoed the campaign slogan of prime minister Theresa May, arguing the renewables industry had recently faced a lot of uncertainty.

"All elections have themes, and as we all know, 'strong and stable' is the message Theresa May is taking to the country," Skorupska said in Glasgow.

"For the renewables industry, strength and stability are things we crave more than any other.

"The past two years, have seen my members rocked by policy change after policy change, and uncertainty following the Brexit vote.

"Renewable solutions are now cheaper than fossil-fuel scenarios, but are getting blocked to market. This is bad for consumers, who will be paying more now, as well as locked into a higher cost, higher carbon energy system for decades to come."

"Our manifesto for growth is about creating certainty and confidence, a fresh commitment to the Climate Change Act, a smooth and orderly transition from the EU; and a clear and ambitious Clean Growth Plan, which we hope will show a post-Brexit Britain as a dynamic and bold country looking at the opportunities of renewables, not clinging to the industries of the past," said Skorupska.

Also in the manifesto, the REA is seeking a commitment to hold annual contract for difference (CfD) auctions, and create a competitive market for energy storage technologies.

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