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Green energy backs 'Green Labour'

Green energy company Ecotricity ishas donated £250,000 to the Labour Party’s election campaign.

Founder Dale Vince said: “We’ve watched the coalition government systematically undermine not just the renewable energy industry in Britain, but the whole green economy. We feel compelled to act and to speak out.

“In 2012, Britain’s green economy generated £128bn – 8% of all GDP and a third of all growth in GDP that year – while the country was struggling to get out of recession. Almost one million people were employed in this fast-growing sector; about the same number that work in the finance sector now.

“The green economy could be an even more important part of our overall economy by now, but 2012 is the last year for which we have any data because the Conservatives scrapped the annual report.”

Mr Vince said renewable energy provided 16% of Britain’s electricity last year and had the potential to power Britain four times over.

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