South west renewable energy companies showcased at the House of Commons
12 September 2012
Yesterday the House of Commons was the venue for a prestigious event to promote the south west renewable energy sector on a national stage.
Renewable energy experts Regen SW hosted the South West Sustainable Energy Reception at the Members’ dining room at Westminster on Tuesday, September 11, where more than 150 opinion formers, investors and innovators gathered to listen to Edward Davey; Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change.
When speaking about Regen SW he said “I congratulate you on your excellent work to develop the renewable energy sector and the inspiring projects you are leading”.
As well as being an opportunity to showcase sustainable energy projects, the meeting called for a public policy framework to be put into place to support and nurture renewable energy as the key to our future economic success.
The reception opened with a warm welcome from Duncan Hames; MP for the Chippenham constituency in Wiltshire.
Merlin Hyman; chief executive of Regen SW then discussed the impressive levels of growth that the renewable industry has seen over the past year, highlighting the rapid development of the industry and the resultant new jobs for the region.
“There is an exciting green jobs success story developing in the south west - last year we more than doubled our renewable energy capacity and the sector now directly employs 10,000 people. This reception was a chance to showcase at the heart of government the great companies, exciting projects and inspiring people at the heart of that story.”
“This should be just the start. With the right support we could generate billions of investment and tens of thousands of new jobs from developing our own natural resources and selling our expertise round the world”.
Once again the reception proved to be an excellent opportunity for south west companies. Mark Weatherlake from Dunster Heat Ltd. said ‘its a great event’, adding that it ‘provides access to a wealth of industry information and relevant, knowledgeable people, the event is perfect for the sector.’
The event offered attendees the rare but valuable opportunity to discuss key concerns with relevant government decision makers. Jonathan Johns, Climatechangematters Ltd said that ‘once again it is fantastic to see the south west leading the policy debate.’
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About Regen SW
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