German nuclear U-turn “could hit UK renewables”

Germany’s decision to back out of  nuclear power could have a “negative” effect on the British renewable industry, according to Maria McCaffery, the head of the UK’s trade body for […]

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By Vicky Ellis

Germany’s decision to back out of  nuclear power could have a “negative” effect on the British renewable industry, according to Maria McCaffery, the head of the UK’s trade body for wave, wind and tidal power.

The European powerhouse will need to make up for the loss of nuclear power with other forms of energy, after its Government decided to phase out its nuclear power programme in the wake of Japan’s Fukushima disaster.

Speaking at npower’s Energy Debate in London, the CEO of RenewableUK said there is a risk the significant number of renewable manufacturers which are German might decide to build factories at home rather than in the UK after Berlin’s nuclear u-turn.

This could affect Britain’s role as a world leader of renewable technology she said, unless the UK Government sends out the right long-term signals for investors, who are “waiting on the sidelines for investor clarity”.