Government to halve funding for renewable energy research

The Government's review of its renewable energy policy has taken a decidedly short-term approach to research and development needs over the next decade.1 The budget for the overall programme is to be halved within a few years, and only technologies near commercialisation, such as energy from crops and waste, wind and small-scale hydro, are to be promoted. Support for longer-term prospects, notably wave and tidal power, is being scrapped.

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