Last week prime minister David Cameron made the case for clean energy in the UK and globally by speaking to energy ministers from 23 leading economies at the Clean Energy Ministerial held in London.
In response to the PM’s case, Damian Baker, managing director of RenEnergy, a full service energy provider based in Norfolk, commented, “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% in the past nine months, largely as a result of the government’s erratic changes to the Feed-in-Tariff (FiT) scheme. To meet the government target of 22GWp by 2020 we need to be installing 50MW a week. We have been installing 2MW 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 George Osborne announces a budget of £3m for fossil fuel exploration in the North Sea – they aren’t even consistent within the cabinet.”
In his case, Cameron 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% 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.
“Renewables are now the fastest growing energy source on the planet. And I am proud that Britain has played a leading role at the forefront of this green energy revolution.
“Britain has gone from virtually no capacity for renewables, to seeing them provide almost ten percent of our total electricity needs last year. And we’ve added more capacity for renewables in the last two years than at any time in the last decade.
“Our commitment and investment in renewable energy has helped to make renewable energy possible. Now we have a different challenge. We need to make it financially sustainable.”