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Jobs warning over renewables uncertainty

Renewable energy producers have warned that further uncertainty over government support could put jobs at risk.

The Department for Energy and Climate Change unveiled its post-consultation Renewable Obligations Certificates banding review yesterday.

This confirmed a 10% reduction in support for onshore wind farms from April 2014. Offshore wind schemes and most other renewable energy projects will also see a reduction in support, albeit at a slower rate up until 2017.

Wave and tidal schemes under 30MW will see a confirmed 250% increase in support.

However, there will be a call for evidence on onshore wind industry costs, and a further consultation on reduced support levels for large-scale solar projects. There will also be further reviews in the biomass and energy-from-waste sectors.

Martin Wright, chairman of the Renewable Energy Association, said: “We are concerned about the further reviews facing many technologies, which are likely to inhibit investment.

“At such a critical time for the economy, this country cannot afford any further political wrangling that puts at risk future investment and job creation.”

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