The future growth of clean technology in both the UK and abroad will depend heavily upon government policies, investment incentives and company behaviour.
The inauguration of the Sheringham Shoals wind farm on 27 September, off the coast of north Norfolk, marked an important milestone for offshore wind power in the UK and beyond. For the first time, the UK could boast more than 2GW of offshore generation capacity – more than anywhere else in the world.
Ed Davey, secretary of state for energy and climate change, hailed the opening as confirmation of the future direction of UK energy policy. "We believe that offshore wind power has a major role to play in the UK's future energy, and as more developments such as these come along, costs will come down," he said. "We need a diversified energy mix to keep energy bills down."