‘Urgent’ decisions needed for renewables industry

The UK Government urgently needs to make up its mind about its support for the renewables industry, according to trade bodies. The comment comes after DECC announced it is still discussing and finalising the proposals on financial support for the sector as Ministers failed to come to an agreement yesterday. Maria McCaffery, Chief Executive of […]

Vestas dumps UK offshore wind factory plan

Danish wind manufacturer Vestas is dropping plans for a wind turbine factory on the Kent coast. The firm had a 12-month option to develop a site at the Port of Sheerness but has decided not to renew it. Vestas said it is still committed to the UK wind market. Juan Araluce, Chief Sales Officer at […]

Reaction to the Draft Energy Bill

Leading industry figures give ELN their take on the Government’s latest draft Energy Bill.

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 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 […]

Poll shows wind power has “strong support” from public

A majority of people in the UK are in support of using wind power, according to the latest poll commissioned by the country’s wind and marine renewables trade body. Two-thirds (67%) are in favour of wind power in the UK, while only 8% oppose, according to new research by Ipsos MORI for RenewableUK. The online […]

Unite and RenewableUK form power couple

Trade body RenewableUK could increase its political muscle after officially teaming up with the UK’s largest trade union Unite which represents 1.5 million workers. The two bodies announced today they have signed an accord to support each other in campaigning for benefits for UK businesses and their workers in the renewable industry. They say it […]

Turbines will bring 90,000 British jobs, says trade body chief

Wind turbines will bring 90,000 jobs to Britain by 2021, says RenewableUK. The trade body’s optimism for the future of the offshore wind sector comes as Energy Secretary Ed Davey today opened the world’s largest offshore wind farm near Cumbria. Maria McCaffery, RenewableUK’s chief executive said at the Walney wind farm opening: “The inauguration of […]

ROCs review bad for wind, say RenUK

RenewableUK has criticised the Government’s plans to downgrade onshore wind’s Renewable Obligation Certification level as they say it will have a detrimental affect on deployment, almost as much as 2GW by 2017, according to their research. The Government plans to downgrade the level of financial support it provides for onshore wind from 2013 onwards, and […]

Renewable jobs training gets £1.2m fund

An organisation designed to tackle the green jobs shortage has been set up by renewable energy trade association, RenewableUK with the help of the UK Commission for Employment and Skills, who are funded by the Department for Business. The Renewables Training Network will bridge the skills gap in the renewable industry through an investment of […]

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