Questions & Answers *
1. What is the Renewable Power Association?
The Renewable Power Association (RPA) is a trade association which has been formed to promote the UK renewable energy industry.
2. Who does the RPA represent?
The RPA seeks to promote the viewpoint of all producers of renewable energy, including generators of renewable electricity, producers of heat from renewable sources and makers of renewable fuels. RPA believes that this viewpoint is valuable to all participants in the UK renewable energy market. As at 1st August 2001, founder members of the RPA between them generate over [50%] of the UK's renewable electricity.
3. Why was the RPA formed?
The RPA has been formed in response to a widely expressed need for a single voice for renewables, acting from the perspective of the producer or generator of renewable energy.
4. Why do producers and generators need their own voice?
It is a sign that the renewables market has "come of age". Now that the milestone of 1GW of declared net capacity (DNC) of new renewable electricity in the UK has been passed, the industry has sufficient critical mass to assemble the resources appropriate to a more mature market. The perspective of the producer/generator has many unique features, which are nonetheless important to the whole industry - such as taking project development risk.
5. Is RPA only for generators?
No; the RPA believes that its activities are good for the interests of all participants in the renewable energy marketplace, including producers of renewable electricity, heat and fuels, project developers, electricity suppliers, manufacturers, intermediaries, advisers, financiers, fuel suppliers and site owners. The RPA welcomes as members anyone who shares this view. Anything which encourages the production of renewable energy also encourages all the businesses ancillary to that production.
6. Aren't producers too diverse to form a single association?
RPA believes that producers of renewable energy have more in common than divides them. In particular, they need a strong long-term market for green energy and policies which facilitate that market's growth.
7. What are the qualifications for joining the RPA?
The RPA relies on a shared outlook rather than a membership qualification. Anyone who shares our vision for the growth of the UK renewable energy industry is welcome to join.
8. How does RPA relate to the other renewables Trade Associations?
RPA recognises the important roles of the technology-specific "First Tier" trade associations, each of which focuses on a single sector of the renewable energy market. RPA intends to work with each of these associations, adding a producers' perspective where appropriate and helping to collate policy and lobbying activities by highlighting issues on which shared positions can be reached between all sectors. RPA will restrict its activities to issues that are common to all renewables technologies and will always ensure that technology-specific issues are referred to the appropriate technology-specific trade association.
9. How does RPA relate to the Association of Electricity Producers?
RPA strongly supports the AEP as the leading body representing all electricity generators. RPA hopes that AEP will continue its activities in relation to renewables, in particular through AEP's Renewable Energy Committee. AEP provides strong expertise on electricity market and infrastructure issues (such as embedded generation) while RPA will provide expertise from the perspective of the developer, owner and operator of renewable plant.
10. How does RPA relate to the Confederation of Renewable Energy Associations?
RPA anticipates that CREA will continue its role as a forum for the executives of renewables Trade Associations to meet, and will seek to join CREA in order to participate in such dialogue. However, RPA has been formed in order to provide a single voice which speaks directly from its members (ie those companies directly involved in producing renewable energy), whereas CREA's views are necessarily one stage removed from these companies.
11. Aren't there now too many renewables trade associations?
For a fully mature marketplace, this would be true, but the renewables market is both growing in size and evolving in structure and nature. The number and complexity of policy issues involved, and the potential impact and benefits of focussed lobbying therefore justify the extra resources represented by the different associations. It is crucial that the associations are well focussed and cooperative with each other, and RPA expects to be able to contribute in a positive way to achieving this.
12. How will RPA handle conflicts between different renewables technologies?
RPA believes that the issues which unite us are more important and more numerous than those which divide us. Where common positions can be developed, RPA will champion them; where they cannot, RPA will restrict its role to ensuring that policy makers and decision makers are fully, accurately and clearly informed. RPA will leave it to the technology-specific associations to develop single-sector policy issues. RPA is aware of concerns about potential conflicts and intends to devote significant effort to conflict resolution.
13. Does RPA represent all technologies in the UK renewable energy industry?
Yes in relation to producer/generator issues which are common to all technologies. RPA already has members covering wind, waste, biomass, landfill gas, photovoltaics, sewage gas, small hydro and renewable natural gas. RPA will represent the viewpoint of all renewables technologies equally, focusing on the perspective of the producer and on what producers of renewable energy have in common. RPA will not, however, replace the role of the technology-specific trade associations - it will seek to enhance and complement that role.
14. What functions will RPA perform?
The RPA will perform the following primary functions:
· Policy Development & Lobbying - to UK, European and International governments and authorities, the public, NGOs and the media.
· Marketing & Promotion - to ensure wider recognition of the benefits of renewables and the achievements of the UK renewable energy industry in the UK and abroad.
· Member Services, including seminars, training, communication and networking within the renewable energy industry.
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