Renewables are doing quite well in the UK, supplying around 33% of is electricity, but there are worries as to whether the energy transition can continue. Business Green’s editor recently said ‘The policy framework that delivered the first phase of this historic transition is fast running out of road…those Ministers hailing the success of the UK’s clean energy transition have been dining out on the policy decisions made by their predecessors. Since 2015 there has been a steady erosion of this policy framework’. The UK is still well behind most other European countries in terms of the percentage of total energy supplied from renewables (around 10%), but it is catching up, helped by the large offshore wind programme. Some of problems have been due to the funding schemes used. While competitive mechanisms have their place, the UK experience with developing renewables has been mixed, with some at least of the mistakes arguably being due to an over zealous political belief in the efficacy of markets as a way to identify winners and get prices down rapidly.
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