The Government has been urged to place renewable energy at the heart of its industrial strategy, as the period for consultation comes to an end.
The business department launched the consultation as a Green Paper in January, saying it sought to start “a genuinely open and collaborative conversation about the skills, research, infrastructure and the other things we need to get right to drive long-term growth in productivity”.
The Renewable Energy Association (REA) responded on the deadline by saying that the bio-economy and clean technology sectors had demonstrated “extraordinary innovation” during the past decade.
“Greater industry collaboration and Government support will recognise the potential these areas can deliver in regional growth, innovation and exports,” it argued.
“From the deployment of energy storage in conjunction with solar panels and electric vehicles, to producing energy from waste, there is a range of sectors where industry collaboration with Government now could put Britain in a position to export technology and services in the future.”
The REA said many renewable technologies were as competitive – or better – than fossil power sources such as gas.
James Court, REA head of policy, said: “The window for action in gaining competitive advantage in this growing sector is small. Luckily, this strategy [puts us in the position] to become leaders in a range of renewable and clean technologies, with significant benefits for industry and bill-payers alike.
“This sector is poised to provide new growth and, with the right support, the sector’s technology and skills can be a key source of exports post-Brexit.”