The UK Government must reverse the cumbersome green policy decisions it made last year to enable businesses to benefit from a generation of cost-effective, low-carbon energy technologies, the Energy and Climate Change Committee (ECC) chairman has claimed. Speaking to edie about his hopes and expectations for the upcoming Parliamentary session, ECC chair Angus MacNeil said he wants the Government to take a more holistic approach to energy investment by providing more stable support for onshore wind and solar. Industry backing remains strong for these technologies despite controversial subsidy cuts made in May last year, MacNeil said. “The UK is screaming out for renewables investment and screaming out for the Government to stop viewing itself as a company but actually to govern,” said the Na h-Eileanan an Iar MP. “They have to look again at what they’ve done with onshore wind and solar. “I think they have to be governed by the cheapest form of renewables, but they also have to recognise the people want to develop in these areas. I think the problem with the 2015 approach was that it created too many barriers to investment for business.
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