Britain gets its first regional renewable energy manifesto

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Ben Bradshaw and Regen chief executive Merlin Hyman unveil the renewable energy manifesto.

Twenty-three MPs and Peers supported the development of a world-leading renewable energy industry in the south west of England today when they signed up to the UK’s first regional renewable energy manifesto at Westminster.

Signatory MPs include Liberal Democrat Sir Nick Harvey, Labour’s Ben Bradshaw and Conservative Charlotte Leslie.

Launched today at House of Commons by renewable energy not-for-profit organisation Regen SW, the manifesto sets out an ambitious target to deliver 34,000 high-value jobs in renewable energy this decade through eight specific commitments including supporting:

  • a consistent regulatory framework to incentivise long-term investment in renewables
  • investment in the national and local grid, and to roll out new ‘smart’ technology
  • putting communities at the heart of new energy developments

Regen’s research shows a rapid growth in renewable energy generation over the past 12 months, and more than 10,000 jobs in the sector. However, despite this, the region is not on track to hit the government’s 15% renewable energy targets by 2020 and will miss out on the potential to create 34,000 jobs by 2020.

Sir Nick Harvey, MP for North Devon, said: “We are fortunate to have some of the country’s richest natural resources like strong winds and waves, but a lack of financial support has held the technology back for us to really harness this potential – particularly when it comes to marine energy. It is time for us to grasp the region’s energy resources and put the south west on the map as a world leader in renewable energy.”

The full South West Renewable Energy Manifesto can be viewed here.

 

MPs and Peers that signed up to the manifesto

Annette Brooke MP, Mid Dorset & North Poole

Ben Bradshaw MP, Exeter

Neil Carmichael MP, Stroud

Oliver Colvile MP, Plymouth Sutton & Devonport

Tobias Ellwood MP, Bournemouth East

Stephen Gilbert MP, St Austell & Newquay

Andrew George MP, St Ives

James Gray MP, North Wiltshire

Charlotte Leslie MP, Bristol North West

Nick Harvey MP, North Devon

Sarah Newton MP, Truro & Falmouth

Dawn Primarolo MP, Bristol South

Lord Matthew Taylor

Alison Seabeck MP, Plymouth

Adrian Sanders MP, Torbay

Sarah Wollaston MP, Totnes, Brixham & the South Hams

Robert Buckland MP, South Swindon

John Glen MP, Salisbury

Kerry McCarthy MP, Bristol East

Tessa Munt MP, Wells

Lord Robin Teverson

Stephen Williams MP, Bristol West

Neil Parish MP, Tiverton & Honiton

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