Are the renewable energy policies consistent with policies and measures for other parts of the energy sector or are there mixed messages and double standards

We will discuss the consistency of policies below, but we must also raise the issue of the consistency of messages. We need to consider specifically the clarity and consistency of the messages going out to potential market entrants.

Government policy, or rhetoric, sometimes from various departments, is not always fully aligned; rather it is dynamic and may be contradictory. This affects renewable energy investment when there is inherent conflict between statements and policies on energy or the environment.

Any business must acknowledge that legislation can change from term to term. In so doing, business must look to longer-term indicators to assess possible futures. Thus a business considering renewable energy investment will be looking closely at government policies towards climate change, energy pricing, pollution or extended producer liability.2 I will also be looking at the relative support government gives to other industries. If a government spends millions of dollars on fossil fuel research but nothing on renewable energy research, what insight does that provide into its views on the future energy mix?

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