Clean Energy Industry – Has the UK Missed the Boat

The following describes the current perception of the UK amongst investors, start-ups and micro-SMEs within and without the UK:

Planning Permission is a lottery, leading to unacceptably damaging delays in the implementation of technology demonstration programmes or product roll-out.

Government support is largely policy rather than legislatively driven leaving investors in an unhelpfully uncertain investment environment.

Feed in and generation tariffs are too small and too exclusive.

Applying for grants is too resource intense leaving many developers with no alternative but to ignore them.

The regional or central sources of grants and incentives are often inappropriate, insufficient and too complex.

So called “Centres of Excellence” are distracted from the core purpose of their existence by the pressure to generate consultancy income, which also leads to the ‘crowding-out’ of local private consultants.

When compared to France, Japan, Germany and the US, UK companies invest less in R&D

So what can we do about it?