Look beyond Queen’s Speech on renewables, urges trade body

The Queen’s Speech has given a welcome signal for renewables but the UK needs to plan even further ahead to guarantee jobs and low carbon energy generation. That’s according to […]

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By Vicky Ellis

The Queen’s Speech has given a welcome signal for renewables but the UK needs to plan even further ahead to guarantee jobs and low carbon energy generation.

That’s according to trade body RenewableUK, which says it is is pleased the Feed-in Tariff with Contracts for Difference was confirmed as the mechanism to support renewables in yesterday’s speech.

Dr Gordon Edge, RenewableUK’s Director of Policy said: “RenewableUK is pleased to see the Energy Bill introduced in the Queen’s Speech. Wind, wave and tidal energy are going to play a significant part in our low-carbon generation beyond 2017.”

The CfD will replace the Renewables Obligation from 2017.

However he added: “We need clarity on how the support mechanism will work after 2017 to ensure that confidence and job creation are both maintained”.