SUPPORT for renewable energy is a “UK success story,” the government claims – despite “inaction” being linked to the collapse of a turbine firm. Gaia-Wind, which has customers around the world, announced it had appointed provisional liquidators on Tuesday, with the Glasgow firm’s failure attributed in part to cuts to UK Government renewables subsidies in 2015. Industry body Scottish Renewables called it a “blow” to domestic manufacturing and proof that Westminster energy policy is having “very real effects” on the sector. Yesterday trade organisation RenewableUK added its voice, calling government decision-making a “key factor” in the fall of one of the sector’s “best-known and most iconic companies”. The Feed-In Tariff – designed to encourage renewable power by rewarding the generation and export of power from green devices – is due to close to new applicants next March and RenewableUK says the failure to set out future policy is “having a serious impact”. Executive director Emma Pinchbeck said: “We have warned officials time and again that a failure to treat this issue as urgent puts jobs at risk. These are local jobs created by British entrepreneurs. We need clarity on the future of small-scale renewables as soon as possible”. Efforts are under way to find a buyer for all or part of Gaia-Wind, which employs 12 people and moved its small turbine manufacturing operation from Denmark to Scotland seven years ago.
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