Policy a hurdle for renewables

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“The industry is caught between two conflicting mandates. One is producing large quantities as cheap as possible… The other is to localise production which, in the short-term, makes wind energy the most expensive. To have a cheap wind market we need goals that are clear, rules that are clear, and minimal interference from the government,” said Steve Sawyer, the secretary general of the Global Wind Energy Council.

Sawyer said wind and solar energy prices had turned out to be much lower than government expectations but there seemed to be no will to expand the renewable energy sector’s contribution to the country’s energy mix.