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Is Britain’s future renewable?

The financial crisis has cast a shadow over the future of Britain's renewable industry. It will need a lot of government help to stay afloat

By Lewis Smith   November 2009

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Renewables, like so many other industries, have suffered some severe knocks in the last year. But the sector remains confident, and Britain’s developers now lead the world in many areas, including wave, tidal, offshore wind and parts of the microgeneration market. In the long term, however, is the outlook quite so optimistic?

Britain’s recent success in renewables comes despite a rather late start. Two decades ago the opportunity to take the lead in the onshore wind industry was squandered; instead, Denmark and Germany seized the chance to create manufacturing bases, producing turbines and the…

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