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Time to stand up for renewables

Posted by Merlin Hyman on 16 February 2012 at 9:14 am

The recent anti-wind letter from MPs and some of the coverage of the rapid cuts in the feed-in tariff are evidence of an unholy alliance of right wing tories and the elements of the press targeting renewable energy. Blaming energy bill price rises on renewable energy subsidies also provides a useful scapegoat for certain energy companies.

Now more than ever all those who believe renewable energy is a key part of our future need to work together to put forward our case much more vociferously. 

Firstly, we need to get across the reality that recent price rises in electricity bills were driven by volatile gas prices. In an uncertain world it is simply common sense to make use of the excellent renewable energy resources we have rather than relying on fossil fuels from unstable parts of the world. Or, to put it another way, I think most people would rather rely on British wind than Russian gas.

Secondly, if we generate our own energy we can create more local jobs and keep revenues locally. Regen’s survey shows over 10,000 employed already in sustainable energy in the south west. In developing sectors such as wave and tidal energy invest now and we could lead the world – our initiative with partners to develop the south west marine energy park is focused on that goal.

To showcase what renewable energy has to offer Regen is running Renewable Energy Marketplace on 8 March in Exeter – kindly supported by Good Energy. I invite you to join us for a great day to hear direct from DECC and leading renewables experts and meet over 100 companies who can enable you to make the most of the opportunities of renewable energy for you.

We are offering a £15 Discount for You Gen customers - tickets are just £10+VAT. Click here to sign up online and use the discount code ‘partner’ to claim your discount. 

About the author:

Merlin Hyman is chief executive of RegenSW.

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