Monday, June 27, 2011

Government Slated By Port Group Over Renewable Energy Policy

'Major Reluctance to Invest' Whilst Politicians Prevaricate
Shipping News Feature

UK – Representative’s of the PD Ports Group used the opportunity of a ministerial visit today to highlight delays in Government policies over renewable energy. The Port of Hartlepool today hosted a visit by Charles Hendry, Minister of State for the Department of Energy and Climate Change and David Robinson, Chief Executive of the PD Ports Group was cutting in his comments regarding the proposed Renewables Obligation Certificates (ROC’s).

“There is a major reluctance to invest in this sector until the Government sets the level for ROC’s which will determine what proportion of their power that UK electricity suppliers must generate from renewable sources. As long as the Government delays specifying the ROC level, it causes great uncertainly in the market and gives international companies no clear incentive to invest in UK facilities.”

Along with many in the freight and shipping industries PD Ports have a vested interest in ensuring Britain becomes a market leader in renewable energy technology. The group have directed development on their fifty hectare site at Hartlepool toward support for both the wind and conventional energy industries, acting as hosts for the likes of JDR Cable Systems, a leading cable manufacturer for renewable energy projects, and Heerema Fabrication Group, which specialises in the engineering and fabrication of large and complex structures, mainly for the offshore oil & gas and energy industry.

The Minister visited both these companies as well as Port of Hartlepool facilities. The visit was organised by Iain Wright, MP for Hartlepool, who is a supporter of the initiative, called Chain Reaction, to attract companies in the renewable energy sector to establish themselves in the area, bringing much-needed investment and jobs.

Photo: A 19th Century view of the Port of Hartlepool by James Wilson Carmichael.