The waiting resource The UK has one of the world’s best and broadest renewable resources. It has 40 per cent of the entire wind resource of the EU 15 (before the recent expansion), massive opportunities to exploit wave power, potential for the use of forestry and other biomass, and a similar solar regime to other northern European countries. Despite these comparative riches and early programmes to exploit them by successive governments, Britain has lagged behind most of its EU partners in establishing a renewable energy industry, especially in the area of manufacturing. If policies were established and financial resources were made available, how has this discrepancy between intent and delivery come about?