Branson begs Cameron not to kill virgin renewables

Green with envy, a group of concerned environmentalists are pleading with Prime Minister David Cameron to recognise the importance of renewables and provide more support for the new technologies in […]

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By Tom Gibson

Green with envy, a group of concerned environmentalists are pleading with Prime Minister David Cameron to recognise the importance of renewables and provide more support for the new technologies in his upcoming budget. Last month anti-wind MPs wrote a letter asking the PM to cut support for onshore wind. In response the ‘102’ group, which includes entrepreneur Richard Branson, say a planning system that recognises the value of a move to local energy is “badly overdue.”

In the letter the group call for the reinstatement of a stable investment platform for renewable energy as the driver of the UK’s low carbon economy. They fear investor confidence has been knocked.

Howard Johns, Chair of the Solar Trade Association and one of the 102 said: “If there is no stable platform for investment in renewables, we cannot expect to generate the backing or scale of innovation needed to make a sustainable difference. As things stand, Britain will be remembered for the Industrial Revolution rather than the Renewable Revolution. We’re history without investor confidence in the feed in tariff.”

The group suggest the UK should model its planning policy on Germany’s, where they claim large scale energy farms have delivered 25% cost reductions.