RENEWABLE POWER ASSOCIATION

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY *

1. Mission

RPA's mission is:
To promote the UK renewable energy industry
by representing the interests and viewpoint of producers of renewable energy,
to UK, European and international governments and authorities, the public, NGOs and the media,
by working with all who are interested in the industry's growth, and
by providing appropriate services to its members.

2. Functions
RPA's key functions will be as follows:
Promotion & Marketing
Policy Development & Lobbying
Services to members, including communication, networking and generation issues common to all renewables technologies

3. Promotion & Marketing
RPA will seek to promote the benefits of renewable energy and the achievements of the UK renewable energy industry, by:
liasing closely with the technology-specific trade associations, working to enhance their ability to promote their members'
interests by adding the producer-specific viewpoint and sharing resources on producer-related issues across all technologies;
encouraging greater use by Government of operating demonstration plants, as tools to educate the public and politicians;
operating a web-site showcasing UK renewables.
RPA will market the capabilities of the UK renewable energy industry, by:
acting as a central clearing house for information;
working with Government on encouraging renewables exports;
helping coordinate the UK renewable energy industry's presence at UK & international renewable energy trade fairs and conferences.

4. Policy Development & Lobbying
RPA's activities in policy development will focus on adding the viewpoint of the producer of renewable energy to debates and consultations on issues which are common to all renewables technologies. Examples of audiences and issues on which RPA will initially concentrate its lobbying include:-
DTI on generator issues such as the Renewables Obligation, NETA etc.
DEFRA on climate change and emissions savings.
EU on the draft renewables directive.
NGOs on the practical delivery of renewable energy capacity.

RPA will respond to appropriate government consultations, such as the PIU's Energy Review

5. Services to Members
These will include:
Informal networking opportunities.
Seminars & conferences, covering issues of interest to generators.
Work on generator-related issues covering all renewables technologies (in cooperation with associations such as AEP where appropriate).

6. Corporate Philosophy
RPA will adhere to the following principles:
RPA will not claim to represent anyone without their authority.
RPA will seek to work closely with the existing trade associations.
RPA will publish its official proceedings on the internet.
RPA's activities will be subject to the scrutiny of its members at all times.

7. Contacts

Gaynor Hartnell   01273 472468
Board of Directors:
Rupert Fraser (Fibrowatt Ltd) Chairman 020 7229 9252
David Byers Chief Executive 01494 762764
Malcolm Chilton (EPRL)  
Peter Edwards (Windelectric)  
Andrew MacLellan (ENER-G)  
Peter Prior (Summerleaze)  
Gerry Swarbrick (Primergy)  
Philip Wolfe (Intersolar)  
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