The Government Takes an Interest in the 1970s

  • David ElliottEmail author
Part of the Energy, Climate and the Environment book series (ECE)


The UK government initiated a renewable energy programme following the 1973–1974 oil crisis. It looked at all the options, mainly via resource studies. Initially, wave energy and, to a lesser extent, tidal barrage power were quite strongly favoured, with the UK being well placed geographically to exploit both. Large potential energy resources were identified. Solar photovoltaics (PV) was seen as marginal, wind possibly too, though some project work was supported. However, despite good progress being made on wave-power system development by device teams, some adverse economic assessments led to the wave programme being more or less halted, amidst much dissention.


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