Despite the range of Government-backed subsidy schemes on offer,
the UK seems to be losing its appeal in attracting renewable
energy investment. In fact the latest Renewable Energy Country
Attractive Index (RECAI) from professional services company Ernst & Young
(EY) puts the UK at its lowest ranking for 12 years.
Various reasons are given for this decline: increasing international
competition, a pre-election 'policy hiatus' and what
is seen as a lack of clarity around the Contracts for Difference
(CfD) level - the competitively bid prices at which generators
are prepared to sell.
On paper, the UK's CfD regime should deliver the lowest
cost of energy to the consumer, says EY's Ben Warren. But
he adds: "The challenge is whether renewable energy, having
proven itself to be cost-effective, is really given a level playing
field and sufficient budget to fulfil its potential."
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