Today the energy bill has finally been launched. The good news is that it proposes guaranteed prices for energy from different low carbon sources. The bad news is that what those prices will be will still be subject to annual fluctuations.
Green campaigners still suspect that the whole house of cards is constructed around quasi subsidies for the nuclear industry, which is low carbon, but arguably the highest cost and highest risk option. (EU rules do not permit subsidies for nuclear power.)
Friends of the Earth's senior energy campaigner Paul Steedman urged the government to "stop obsessing over a way to make the sums for nuclear power add up, stop our homes leaking heat and switch the country from dirty gas to clean British energy from wind, sun and water to help hard-pressed households with their bills".
While the debate goes on, our low carbon industries remain in the doldrums. This legislation and the funds it bring won't come on stream until 2014. By then it might be too late for many a fledgling company.