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Renewable energy firms name election wishlist

Renewable energy firms have set out their own manifesto for the next government.

Parliament re-opens next week for an election year that will culminate in the nation heading to the polls on 7 May.

A group of renewable power trade bodies named six key tests for the next government to pass.

These include setting a target for 30% of energy to come from green sources by 2030, and funding new applications to the Renewable Heat Incentive beyond 2016.

Tony Juniper, chair of campaigning body Action for Renewables said: “The renewable energy bodies have come together with clear and simple propositions.

“We need consistent and strong backing for renewable energy, not only to cut carbon emissions and tackle climate change, but also to harness the opportunities for growth and jobs and reduce our reliance on dirty fossil fuel imports from insecure parts of the world.

“A range of technologies have important roles to play and I hope voters will contact party leaders and ask them to support our manifesto because none of these technologies can flourish without political backing.”

The coalition of bodies includes the Anaerobic Digestion and Biogas Association, the British Hydropower Association, the British Photovoltaic Association, the Renewable Energy Association, RenewableUK, Scottish Renewables and the Solar Trade Association.

The six key tests:

1 Support the Climate Change Act to keep us on course to meet our carbon commitments and back global efforts to tackle climate change.

2 Set a new renewables target for 2030 of 30% of UK energy

3 Back the Independent Committee on Climate Change’s recommendation to set a binding target for low carbon electricity by 2030.

4 Fund the Renewable Heat Incentive for new applications after 2016.

5 Boost the UK’s Renewable Transport Fuel Obligation to reach the 10% renewable energy target for transport by 2020.

6 Reform the EU Emissions Trading Scheme to ensure the market takes account of all sectors’ polluting cost of carbon emissions.

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