RenewableUK was saddened to hear of the death of Malcolm Wicks, Labour Member of Parliament for Croydon North and formerly both Minister for Energy and Prime Minister’s special representative on international energy issues, amongst other roles.
In his time as Energy Minister Malcolm developed a reputation for being erudite, hard-working and willing to engage with industry in a constructive manner. He was committed to alleviating fuel poverty and to reducing the UK’s dependence on imported fossil fuels. In addition to his policy skills, he was superb company – always charming with an excellent sense of humour.
During the period that Malcolm was Energy Minister there were many positive developments for renewables, particularly in offshore wind. These included the Energy Act 2008, the introduction of the Office for Renewable Energy Deployment, the launch of Round Three of the Crown Estate’s Offshore Wind programme and the project he took through in 2006 to ensure offshore wind could connect to the electricity network.
RenewableUK was grateful that Malcolm supported the industry with so many platform appearances including our wave and tidal conferences in 2006 and 2008, our offshore wind conference in 2006, and our annual conferences in 2005 and 2007. We greatly appreciated the interaction that we had with him throughout his parliamentary career. It is a mark of the great respect and affection in which he was held that so many tributes have been paid to him from across both the political and industrial spectra.
Source: Renewable UK
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