No doubt many of us are already worried or wondering what the future holds for Renewables, perhaps more specifically the RHI. How will the elections effect my business or will it effect the industry as a whole? Perhaps it is only the larger subsidised sectors such as Wind and Solar PV that need worry.
Tomorrows election results will give us a better indication of the direction the renewables industry is going and perhaps give us the reassurance and stabililty we all crave. But how many of us actually know the views of each party and what their manifestos say they will do? Green Phoenix has listed below key points from each political parties manifesto, so hopefully giving you an informed choice before you head down to the ballot box on May 7th.
– Intend remove subsidies for wind turbines & Solar PV.
– Will support only competively priced renewables.
– Prefers the reintroduction of Power Stations.
– Halt the medium and large Combustion Plant directives.
– Revoke the Climate Change Act.
The Liberal Democrats
– Create an Act to tackle fuel poverty and pass a Zero Carbon Britain Act.
– A £100 reduction off your council tax bill for the next 10 years if you make energy saving measures to your property.
– Promote Biomass and invest in R&D in Tidal Power, Carbon Capture and Storage and Energy Storage.
– By 2030 want a decarbonisation target of 50-100g per kWh with around 60% of electricity coming from renewable energy.
– By 2035 would like every home to at least reach Band C.
– Want to stop subsidies for onshore wind farms.
– Cut emissions as effectively as possible.
– Funding to be made available for R&D into new renewable technologies.
– Want to continue to support affordable clean energy.
– Support for energy efficiency measures by insulating homes.
– Production of Green Energy methods including Nuclear, and Gas to be increased.
– Support Hydro, Onshore and OffShore Wind.
– Want to extend the RHI beyond 2015.
– Carbon reduction is a party focus.
The Green Party
– Develop Biomass, only if it is sustainable with regard to large scale operations.
– Create a new law that by 2030 a target decarbonisation of 25–50 grams of carbon dioxide per kilowatt hour will be set for the power sector.
– Phase out Nuclear within 10 years.
– Phase out all fossil fuel power stations by 2023.
– By 2020 all schools, hospitals and public buildings have solar panels.
– Concentrate on exisiting renewables to bring down costs.
– Invest substantial amounts of money in the national grid and renewable energy generation. Local authorities to fund small to large scale projects.
– Large investment in wave and tidal generators, along with storage technologies.
– Warmer homes for 200,000 homes on low incomes.
– Create a million jobs within the low carbon sector.
– By 2030 they would like to see all carbon removed from electricity supplies to domestic properties.
– Interest free loans for energy efficiency measures on a million homes
– A decency standard to be create for landlords.