A conservative MP calls for an end to inefficient tariffs, Branson calls in the ‘green’ troops after salvo from anti wind MPs threatens renewable’s future, and Lego invests in offshore wind farm for the future of children.
It’s been an interesting week for renewables. Seemingly receiving little support in Chancellor George Osborne’s budget, now it seems everyone who is anyone in business, politics and the energy sector is rallying and having their say.
Analysis of the budget focuses on the fact that Osborne has given a real boost to the gas industry and fossil fuels sectors rather than renewables, which seems to fly in the face of the Conservative’s own aims to be the greenest Government ever. A group (calling themselves the 102 Group) consisting of Sir Richard Branson, Dale Vince and Caroline Lucas have written to David Cameron urging him to recognise the importance of renewables, provide more support for new technologies and asking for a planning system that recognizes the value of a move to local energy.
Raab calls for an end to inefficient tariffs
Conservative MP Dominic Raab, in an article written for the Telegraph newspaper, has called for an end to what he terms the green “boondoggle”, asking the Government to overhaul the energy tariffs and subsidies systems that were introduced by the last Labour Government.
Lego acquires offshore wind farm
In a move to supply all of its energy requirements from renewable sources, toy maker Lego, famous for manufacturing primary coloured building blocks for children, has bought half of a German offshore wind farm from DONG Energy. The wind farm will have 77 3.6MW wind turbines once it is finished.
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