The Government needs to act urgently to boost renewables if it is to stand a chance of meeting ambitious European Union (EU) targets on renewable energy production, industry figures have warned.
The European Commission has suggested that the
“Fifteen per cent will be a great challenge and will only be achieved if the Government can make the market work and provide incentives,” said the HVCA’s technical director Bob Towse.
“A huge amount of training is needed to deliver a workforce for that level of renewable installation,” hesaid. “There is no demand at the moment from clients, apart from a few enlightened ones, because the benefit for the average domestic or commercial consumer does not warrant the extra cost.”
“The European Commission has been gentle giving us a below-average target, especially considering we have the best wind, wave and tidal resources in
“We won’t even get close to that, however, if we carry on at the snail’s pace that has kept us at the bottom of the European renewables league,” he added.
The REA said it was calling for feed-in-tariffs for onsite renewables – both for microgeneration and for larger installations at small factories or warehouses, for example. The group also urged the Government to boost renewable heat supplies, particularly through the development of community heating networks.
The Confederation of British Industry (CBI) described the
A spokeswoman from the Department for Business,
The Energy Bill aims to increase the