RenewableUK officially responds to new energy minister appointment

Despite publically-announced misgivings from the renewable sector to the appointment of the new minister of energy, RenewableUK has released a statement welcoming John Hayes, who replaces Charles Hendry.

In the statement the renewables trade body for wind and marine energy industries said it welcomed the strong business experience the new minister will bring to the brief, before adding that he must proceed with the Energy Bill ‘swiflty to ensure no delay.’
John Hayes MP
 Jennifer Webber, RenewableUK’s Director of External Affairs, said: “Mr Hayes brings a wealth of experience from his previous role as Minister for Further Education, Skills and Lifelong Learning. Jennifer Webber, RenewableUK’s Director of External Affairs, said: “Mr Hayes brings a wealth of experience from his previous role as Minister for Further Education, Skills and Lifelong Learning. We know that he already appreciates the importance of providing the right training for the skilled workforce of the future. Tens of thousands of those workers will be in the green energy sector, so Mr Hayes’ experience at the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills will serve him in good stead as Energy Minister, and we look forward to working with him”.

Ms Webber who had earlier expressed, on her personal Twitter account, dissatisfaction with the timing of the appointment, took the opportunity to pay tribute to the work of Charles Hendry in the portfolio.

“His predecessor Charles Hendry made an outstanding contribution to the Department of Energy and Climate Change.  He was instrumental in the setting up of the Offshore Wind Cost Reduction Task Force, which published a key report in June showing how the cost of offshore wind can be driven down by more than 30 per cent in the next seven years.

 “Mr Hendry also played a key role in the particularly challenging task of drafting the Energy Bill. He worked closely on the intricate details of this key piece of legislation which will determine the financial support framework for the energy industry for years to come.

His successor will need to acquaint himself with this brief as swiftly as possible, as Electricity Market Reform must proceed without delay, so that future investment in wind and marine energy is not put at risk. RenewableUK will be engaging with Mr Hayes and his team to ensure that he fully understands the perspective of the wind and marine energy industries on these crucial issues”.

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