Energy Minister reaffirms support for nextgen

UK renewable energy show opens its doors tomorrow

9 October, 2012 - London: nextgen, the UK's fastest growing event showcasing

emerging renewable energy technologies, has been endorsed by Greg Barker,
Minister of State for Energy and Climate Change. He describes the two-day
event, which opens tomorrow (10 October) at Stoneleigh Park in Warwickshire,
as "a great way for people with a passion for renewable energy to get
together to share knowledge and ideas as well as showcase progress being
made in the sector".

Mr Barker continues: "We need to revolutionise the way we heat and power our
homes and businesses, and upgrade our draughty buildings to cut carbon and
save people money on bills. But we need a low carbon market place and people
with the right skills and expertise on the ground to make this happen.
That's why it's great to see nextgen offering people a forum for networking
and learning, helping businesses to keep up to date with trends in this
exciting and growing sector.

"Government too is playing its part in the growth of the green economy,
laying down foundations for investment in low carbon infrastructure and
undertaking reforms designed to attract more private sector investment.
This summer we reviewed the levels of support under the Renewables
Obligation to help drive investment whilst ensuring value of money for
consumers. We have improved our Feed-in Tariffs scheme to provide long term
certainty for those who choose to invest in kit like solar panels on roofs.
Our Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) is a world first and has been up and
running since November last year, paying industry and communities for the
heat they generate by heat pumps, biomass boilers and other renewable
sources. We are currently consulting on an RHI for householders too. We are
also investing millions of pounds in low carbon innovation, spurring on
entrepreneurs in areas such as marine energy array demonstration and
offshore wind component technologies."

nextgen is co-located with ebec, the UK's largest bioenergy show, and
microgen, a show serving small-scale (sub-50kW) power producers. Last year,
the event attracted over 3,000 visitors and 200 exhibitors.

About nextgen
Showcasing the future of energy generation, nextgen is the UK's fastest
growing event showcasing emerging renewable energy technologies. The event,
co-located with ebec and microgen, will be held on 10-11 October
2012 at Stoneleigh Park, Warwickshire. ebec is the largest dedicated
bioenergy expo in the UK while microgen focuses on small-scale
micro-renewable technologies (sub-50kW). Besides hosting a major
international exhibition, the two-day event includes a free conference
programme which offers delegates the chance to debate, learn and network
with industry peers. nextgen is supported exclusively by the industry's
leading trade associations - the Renewable Energy Association (REA), the
Microgeneration Certification Scheme (MCS), the Micropower Council and the
Solar Trade Association. For more information, please visit
http://www.nextgenexpo.co.uk

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