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Why we are here

The Renewable Energy Association was established in 2001 to represent British renewable energy producers and promote the use of sustainable energy in the UK. The REA was originally called the Renewable Power Association until October 2005. You can download our Factsheet here

What the Association covers

Our membership is active across the whole spectrum of renewables: electric power, heat and transport fuels.

We represent a wide variety of organisations, including generators, project developers, fuel and power suppliers, equipment producers and service providers. Members range in size from major multinationals to sole traders. Our membership topped 400 in mid 2005, making us the largest renewable energy trade association in the UK.

What the REA does for business

The REA’s main objective is to secure the best legislative and regulatory framework for expanding renewable energy production in the UK. We undertake policy development and provide input to government departments, agencies, regulators, NGOs and others.Other services include:

  • Conferences, Seminars & Workshops
  • Public affairs and industry PR
  • Publications and newsletters
  • Information on technical, legal, commercial and environmental matters
  • Training courses and career opportunities
  • Member networking

What we do for consumers

The Association sponsors the Renewable Energy Assurance Scheme, which sets standards for the provision of renewable and other on-site energy production for non-industrial customers. The Renewable Energy Association Listed mark is a symbol that consumers can look to for quality of products and services.The REA also provides a public enquiry service to connect consumers to system suppliers.

How we focus on individual sectors

The REA deals with broad renewables policies, but also covers sector-specific issues. We have set up a number of what we call ‘Resource Groups’, some looking at individual technologies, others focussed on sub-sectors of the industry. The Association and the Resource Groups work in collaboration with other trade associations and NGOs. For further information on our Resource Groups, please visit the relevant section of our website.

Association structure and resources

A Board, elected by the membership and the Resource Groups, directs the Association’s activities.A full-time executive team handles operational, policy, and communication issues, based at our conveniently located office in central London. We also retain a number of specialist advisors with industrial expertise in individual sectors, to support the activities of the Resource Groups and policy development in general.

REA Membership

We welcome new members and offer a variety of membership grades. Membership entitles companies to:

  • Listing in member directory and on website
  • Participation in Resource Groups
  • Input to policy formulation
  • Discounts at REA events
  • Subscribe to the public enquiry service
and the credibility that comes with belonging to the leading renewables industry body.

REA members who provide systems to public and non-industrial consumers are required to join the Renewable Energy Assurance Scheme.

Use this form to make a membership application. Click here to check the membership fees

REA Staff

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The REA is a company limited by guarantee, registering as a not for profit agency. Articles of Association can be provided on request. The REA is funded from member contributions with other income established from services and consultancy. Regular Board Meetings have open session to provide for member forums and non-member observation of our activities.

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