posted by Cptn
Renewable energy is big in Devon and the South West and head honcho at RegenSW, Matthew Spencer, is bullish about facing up to the EU’s tough 15 per cent proposed energy targets for the UK by 2020.
â€œThis is big news for South West Englandâ€™s 250 renewable energy businesses,” he told the PRSD.
“The region is in a strong position to benefit economically from this new drive on low-carbon energy because of its early leadership in the renewable sector.
â€œThis decision should make it easier to attract new investment and meet our existing targets for renewable power and heat generation from within the region. However, for it to work we need to accelerate the momentum we have in the south west on onshore wind, and we need new policy from national government to support renewable heat, and offshore renewables.â€
According the the RegenSW press release, the south west already has targets for renewable electricity and heat agreed in the draft Regional Spatial Strategy. And they want a few changes to meet the 2020 targets: Higher rate of approval for onshore wind schemes in the region; long-term financial support for renewable heat; award leases for offshore wind in the south west; and greater financial support for the deployment of wave energy converters.