Charles Kennedy calls for offshore wind energy investment

07 Sep 2010
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Charles Kennedy calls for offshore wind energy investment

An investment needs to be made in Britain's ports in order to support the UK energy industry, according to former Liberal Democrat leader Charles Kennedy.

Business Green is reporting that Mr Kennedy is set to table an early day motion in parliament, which will call for a £60 million proposal to upgrade the ports around the coast of the UK to be protected.

It is thought that the money needs to be spent in order to support the offshore wind energy industry in the UK, with turbine manufacturers such as Siemens and GE reportedly not willing to progress with plans to expand their UK operations unless the investment goes ahead.

Adam Bell, national campaigns coordinator with RenewableUK, claimed to be in talks with both Labour and Conservative MPs over the issue.

He said: "This investment has cross-party support and is about creating jobs, unlocking investment and boosting economic value for the UK."

Deputy prime minister Nick Clegg recently called on firms to use renewable energy to create green jobs. 

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