RenewableUK Dismisses AF Consulting Report ‘Powerful Targets’
RenewableUK, the trade association for the wind, wave and tidal industry, has dismissed the AF Consulting report ‘Powerful Targets’ released today as too simplistic to contribute meaningfully to the current energy debate.
The report was originally commissioned by the accounting firm KPMG, which has since refused to publish it – in part because of the inadequacy of the economic model used.
RenewableUK’s Director of Policy, Dr Gordon Edge, said:
“Bringing this wilfully narrow report back from the dead fails to bring anything worthwhile to the current energy debate. KPMG has been wise to distance itself from the study and its findings as the extremely simplistic approach it uses bears little relation to reality, simply translating a set of assumptions into a particular conclusion.
“The real debate should be around how the UK protects consumers from the fluctuating price of fossil fuels, decreases its reliance on imported energy and maximises the economic benefits from developing new forms of energy including wind. The case for investment in renewable energy has been made forcefully this week by David Cameron and Nick Clegg – the jobs, emission reductions and control over our energy supplies that wind power provides overwhelm this kind of simplistic analysis.”
Offshore WIND staff, March 06, 2012