The good news is that renewables now supply nearly 30% of UK electricity. Yet the wider investment picture looks grim
Dave Elliott is emeritus professor of technology policy at the Open University, UK, where he has pioneered courses and research in renewable-energy policy and technological innovation. Since retirement he has devoted himself to teaching on a range of MSc courses on energy around the UK, producing blogs for environmentalresearchweb and creating books such as the IOP ebook Renewables: a Review of Sustainable Energy Supply Options. Dave is a physicist by training and worked for the UK Atomic Energy Authority before turning his attention to renewable energy.
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