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Hopes for enthusiasm from new energy minister

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Britain's new minister in charge of renewables is Peter Hain, following the promotion in January of the previous incumbent, Helen Liddell, to Secretary of State for Scotland. The jury is still out on whether Hain's move from the Foreign Office to minister for energy and competitiveness in Europe is a sideways step, demotion or an opportunity to gain wider experience prior to a cabinet post. From his earlier experience as Welsh Secretary, he is believed by some wind industry insiders to be enthusiastic about renewable energy.

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