Strong MP backing for renewables revealed

Dr Nina Skorupska
Dr Nina Skorupska

Nearly two-thirds of MPs believe “renewable energy benefited the UK economy”, according to a survey by Dods Renewable Energy Dialogue.

The poll also found that 69% of policymakers think renewable energy will “create significant employment opportunities”.

Dr Nina Skorupska, Chief Executive of the Renewable Energy Association (REA) trade body, said:

“The politics of coalition government, of Europe and of the looming general election have made it difficult for investors to understand exactly where the Government stands on renewables.

“We see that 63% of MPs clearly understand the economic benefits of expanding our home-grown renewables industry. We urge David Cameron to take heed and back national 2030 renewables targets in the European Council meeting later this month.”

The REA said that the UK Government Department of Energy & Climate Change’s Public Attitudes Tracking Survey showed that 78% of the public also support renewable energy.

Skorupska added:

“Inside and outside Westminster, support for renewables holds firm.

“The report suggests that the limited yet vocal pushback against renewables is strongest on the Tory backbenches.”

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