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William Powell AM reiterates his call for cross-party support to criticise the UK Government’s Feed-in-Tariffs (FITs) proposals

November 17, 2011 9:45 AM

William Powell AM, Welsh Liberal Democrat Shadow Minister for Environment and Sustainable Development, has once again reiterated his call for Welsh political parties to present a united front around which they can criticise the UK Government's proposals to cut FITs rates while their own consultation is still going on.

William Powell, Assembly Member for Mid and West Wales, said:

"Yesterday I asked the First Minister to join me in writing to the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change to urge him to reconsider his department's proposals to cut tariff rates while their consultation is still going on".

"Today I have extended this call to all Assembly Members and urged them to contact the Department for Energy and Climate Change (DECC) to register their objection to its potentially harmful proposals. As today's announcement by Sharp Solar, Wrexham painfully demonstrates, DECC's proposals could significantly threaten the future of the solar industry here in Wales."

"I welcome the support I have already received from Assembly Members, especially Lord Elis-Thomas and Lynne Neagle. It is true that this matter is too important to be left to party politics. All Welsh parties need to do the right thing and what's best for Wales. I call on them all to follow my actions, form a united Welsh front and stand-up for the Welsh communities and companies which stand to lose out should these proposals be enacted in the near future."