With first-class research centers, a host of competing devices and a strong pipeline of pre-commercial systems, the UK is a world leader in renewable wave and tidal energy. Yet despite its strong position it has been slow to put in place the support needed to grow this industry to mass-market size, leading many to fear it could lose out in the race to commercialize this technology. Thankfully for the all, however, in 2009 several events occurred that improved support for marine renewables at all stages of development.