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Energy supplier hits back at Cameron stance

Energy provider RenEnergy has been left unconvinced by David Cameron’s recent speech on clean energy.

The speech was given to energy ministers from 23 leading economies, and alongside a series of government and commercial announcements at the Clean Energy Ministerial held in Central London.

RenEnergy managing director Damian Baker said: “It’s difficult not to be cynical about David Cameron’s claims on a day where the ‘Cut Don’t Kill Campaign’ has revealed that the solar industry shrank by 25 per cent in the past nine months, largely as a result of the government’s erratic changes to the Feed-in Tariff scheme.

“To meet the government target of 22 GWp by 2020 we need to be installing 50 MW a week. We have been installing 2 MW a week since the start of April.

“We at RenEnergy agree that investment in renewables has to be financially sustainable but the industry also needs long term clarity and coherent policies.

“Cameron says they’re the greenest government ever but in the same speech also name checks shale gas, nuclear and ‘clean’ coal while chancellor Georgie Osborne announces a budget of £3 million for fossil fuel exploration in the North Sea – they aren’t even consistent within the cabinet.”

Mr Cameron had said: “There are huge challenges facing governments across the world today, and one of the most important of all is how we meet our growing energy demands in a way that protects our planet for our children and grandchildren.

“With global demand forecast to increase by more than 40 per cent in the next two decades, we urgently need a more diverse, cleaner mix of energy sources that will give us energy security without causing irreparable damage to the planet.”