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Threat to renewables direct result of British government policy – Murphy MLA

8 March, 2016 - by Conor Murphy

Speaking after today’s meeting of the Committee for Enterprise at Stormont, which received a briefing on the closure of the Renewables Obligation, Sinn Féin’s Conor Murphy MLA said:

“The pressure on our renewable sector is a direct result of the British Government changing the rules on subsidies for renewable energy to the clear detriment of the North.

“The threat of penalties from the Department of Energy and Climate Change in London is inhibiting the Executive’s determination to provide 40 per cent of our energy needs from renewables by 2020.

“The Minister’s decision to close the Renewable Obligation for large-scale providers and to open further consultation for small-scale providers is the best option available in these circumstances.

“However, the real challenge is to plan for the development of the renewable energy sector into the future in a way which maximises our ability to take full control of a new subsidy system which recognises the all-island nature of the energy market."

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