Written by Allister Thomas

The UK has climbed to the seventh most attractive country in the world for
renewables, according to a new report.

EY’s Renewable Energy Country Attractiveness Index (RECAI) ranks 40
countries on their investment and deployment opportunities.

China tops the list for the third time in a row, while the US and Germany
overtake India which falls from second to fourth position.

Meanwhile the Netherlands has climbed from 15th to ninth due to an
expansion in renewable energy development.

The professional services giant says the UK has moved up three places to
seventh despite a “large drop” in investment last year.

Between 2015 and 2017 the Renewable Obligation Certificates, which provided
subsidies to UK energy projects, was closed to any new generating capacity.

EY says that although it was expected many would be unable to compete in
the new environment, many are beginning to do so.

Meanwhile, new technologies are transforming how renewable energy is traded
and managed.

Among them is the potential for the blockchain for peer-to-peer trading of
small volumes of energy, currently being worked on by London-based machine
learning start-up Verv.

Ben Warren, EY global power & utilities corporate finance leader and RECAI
chief editor, said:”Government subsidies for clean power are being reduced
around the world and financiers are anticipating tougher times ahead for
project developers.

“However, movements in the Index suggest that these developments are just
headwinds as the renewable energy sector continues to mature and markets
expand.”


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