CBI calls for government investment in renewable energy

11 Aug 2010
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Companies who want to boost renewable energy production in the UK need help from the government.

This is according to the Confederation of British Industry (CBI), which has laid out a set of targets for Britain's coalition government to meet by February 2011.

These include coming to a decision on all planning applications regarding Section 36.

John Cridland, the CBI's deputy director general, stated that the time is right for the government to reform UK energy.

"Energy companies are unable to get the ball rolling on new infrastructure projects when it is unclear how the future planning regime will work," he said.

Mr Cridland added that the cost of renewable energy could be putting some investors off the industry.

His comments come shortly after energy and climate change minister Chris Huhne announced a reform of UK energy, which means that local authorities will now be able to sell off any extra renewable energy they produce to the national grid. 

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