Responding to the prime minister’s announcement that a snap general election is to take place in the UK on 8 June, RenewableUK’s executive director Emma Pinchbeck said political parties “should support a vibrant renewable energy sector if they want to be successful in government.”
“This is a sector which offers regional economic growth, and an affordable, sustainable, domestic energy supply,” said Mrs Pinchbeck. “And we know that renewable energy is massively popular with voters ꟷ three quarters of the public support renewables.
“There is a massive opportunity for an incoming government to reap the benefits of the renewable energy transition. Our response to the government’s Industrial Strategy, which we submitted yesterday, highlights how our country can benefit from this transition in a global market now worth hundreds of billions of dollars every year.
“The companies we represent are the innovators and risk takers Britain needs. They are bringing new business models and technologies to market and driving down costs for consumers across the UK. The sector is vibrant and valuable, bringing forward cheap onshore wind, building the largest offshore windfarms in the world and taking advantage of our world-leading marine renewables resources. Renewable energy is a sector in which Britain can lead, and that should be recognised in the general election campaign.”