Weatherwatch: the UK’s climate is ideal for renewable energy

Britain is a leader in offshore wind but lacks political will to invest in other emerging technologies

A maritime climate with wind, sun and waves and an island surrounded by shallow seas with a high tidal range makes the UK probably the best-placed country in the world to take advantage of renewable energy.

Britain is already a world leader in offshore wind but has been reluctant to invest in other promising technologies. Underwater sea turbines in particular, wave power and various forms of tidal barrage have failed to be given the political support needed to get them into the mainstream.

Related: Fears for future of UK onshore wind power despite record growth

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