Renewable energy generators could be allowed to compete for Capacity Market contracts as part of a review of the mechanism launched by the UK Government.
The Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS) has opened a “call for evidence” (CfE) to gauge the industry’s views on the idea.
BEIS suggests that wind or solar farms combined with battery storage – not necessarily on the same site – could be allowed to compete for contracts under the Capacity Market which was introduce...
Renewables provided a record 29.3% of the UK’s electricity during 2017 thanks to increased capacity and higher wind speeds.
The share of power provided by renewable energy rose by 4.8 percentage points year-on-year, with generation capacity soaring by 13.6% to 40.6GW.
Generation from onshore and offshore wind increased by 39% and 27% respectively to new records, while solar rose by 11% and hydro climbed by 10%.
Low carbon’s share of generation – which combines renewables with nuclear – hit a ...
A new poll by YouGov’s Energy & Climate Intelligence Unit (ECIU) has found that MPs are overestimating public opposition to onshore wind farms.
The survey accused politicians of being unaware of the low cost of wind energy and its popularity with the public.
Only 8% of MPs knew wind was the cheapest form of energy, with 12% believing nuclear was cheaper.
Just 9% of elected members think public opposition to wind farms is below 5%, with more than half believing opposition to be running at ...
A total of 911MW of offshore wind capacity was added in UK waters during the opening six months of the year, according to a new report from industry body WindEurope.
The UK accounted for the lion’s share of Europe’s 1.1GW of added offshore capacity, with Belgium chalking up 175MW and Denmark 28MW.
Pierre Tardieu, Chief Policy Officer at WindEurope, said: “In offshore wind, Europe is too dependent on the UK, which is striding ahead in current installations and in committing to future volumes.
The UK Government has confirmed the timetable for future Contracts for Difference (CfD) auctions in what has been hailed as a major boost for offshore wind and onshore projects on remote islands.
Energy and Clean Growth Minister Claire Perry has confirmed auctions will be held every two years from 2019, with £557 million being awarded.
The auctions are expected to deliver between 1GW and 2GW of offshore wind each year in the 2020s. The next CfD round will open by May next year.
Perry said: “F...