The membership of the British Wind Energy Association (BWEA) is broadly welcoming of plans to merge the UK's two major voices for renewable energy -- the (BWEA) and the Renewable Energy Association (REA). "The general feeling is that this is, indeed, the right thing to do and the right time to do it," says the BWEA's Alison Hill. Both organisations have held meetings with members to discuss the merger, set to happen by the end of the year. They argue it will provide a stronger, more coherent voice for the renewable sector and offer better value for their members. The merger will be further debated by BWEA members at their annual conference in Glasgow this month, with a final vote at a general meeting in November. Meantime, the associations have appointed a taskforce to define the details of the merger. Provided the memberships agree to the move, the taskforce will produce a business plan which would include submissions to the upcoming Energy White Paper and consultations on changes to the Renewables Obligation outlined in the recent energy review (page 49). "The government has long been asking for a single voice from the renewables industry," says Hill.
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