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Industry calls for government leadership over renewables

Trade body the Renewable Energy Association (REA) is heading up a movement urging prime minister David Cameron and deputy prime minister Nick Clegg to provide clear and consistent leadership on renewable energy.

REA has sent an open letter to Cameron callling for greater unity between the Department of Energy Climate Change (Decc) and the Treasury. Its letter is backed by over 200 organisations including unions, associations, investors, non-governmental organisations and British businesses.

The move comes amid growing industry concerns over the slow pace and complexity of Decc’s proposed changes to the energy market that have been made more confusing because of a series of interventions by the Treasury, said the REA.

“Renewables must not be treated like a political football, kicked between Decc and Treasury,” REA chairman Martin Wright. “Government shouldn’t squander this once in a generation opportunity to transform our energy system.”

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