Energy from waste chiefs have called on the Prime Minister to provide “clear and consistent” leadership on renewable energy.
Anaerobic digestion, biomass and advanced EfW sector bosses put their names to a letter signed by over 200 renewable energy firms, investors, trade bodies, MPs and campaign groups.
The letter follows warnings from the AD sector that Government proposals to exclude most new plants from Renewables Obligation (RO) subsidies would create uncertainty, damage investment and could be a “disaster” for the sector.
The letter to David Cameron and deputy prime minister Nick Clegg, said the RO banding review announcement last month, which resulted in 8 new consultations, had created a “confused energy policy landscape” with “fundamental questions” still to be answered, adding that: “Constant reviews and policy uncertainty deter investment and risk adding to costs.”
The letter ends with an appeal to Cameron and Clegg: “We urge you to ensure the Treasury systematically and publicly appreciates the long-term benefits of investment in renewable energy, not just the short-term costs.
“We also urge you to expedite clarity on support levels for investors in all renewable power technologies under the RO, and under EMR. “
“Finally, we seek your assurance that the Coalition Government is committed to the popular and successful Feed-in Tariff scheme.”
Signatories to the letter include:
- Gaynor Hartnell, chief executive of the Renewable Energy Association
- Charlotte Morton, chief executive of the Anaerobic Digestion and Biogas Association
- Environmental campaigner Jonathon Porritt
- Alan Whitehead MP chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Renewable and Sustainable Energy Group
- Julia Lynch Williams, managing director of RWE Npower Renewables
- Richard Gueterbock, director of Clearfleau
- Söhnke Neumann, sales manager Europe at Ökobit
- Will Kirkman, business development director at Burdens
- Michael Chesshire, managing director of Evergreen Gas
- A J Grimshaw, technical director at Energos
Gaynor Hartnell said: “The reasons for doing renewables have evolved over the decades. Right now we are on the cusp of pure economics being the main driver. Even the least developed renewable technologies are on a par with carbon capture and storage and nuclear power, and in fact most renewables are significantly cheaper. Our leaders must see the sense in this, and ensure the UK is not left behind.”
The full text of the letter and list of signatories is online at the REA website.