Welsh Government calls for onshore wind and solar support

The Welsh Government is urging the UK Government to enable onshore wind and solar technologies to compete in the renewable energy auctions. The Contracts for Difference (CfDs) scheme currently provides subsidies for technologies including offshore wind, marine energy and biomass. It excludes support for onshore wind and solar, which the Welsh Government believes could potentially […]

Budget 2017: No subsidies for green energy until 2025

Renewable energy project developers have been dealt a huge blow as the government said there will be no new subsidies until 2025. The budget for support schemes, such as Contracts for Difference (CfDs), has so far been set through the Levy Control Framework (LCF) and since the Spring Budget announcement to end the LCF, the […]

Competition watchdog concerned about UK’s green auction process

The competition watchdog is calling on the UK Government to change the process for awarding clean energy contracts. In its provisional findings following a long-standing investigation into the energy market, the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has highlighted a number of failings within the Contracts for Difference (CfD) scheme. Under the CfDs, renewable developers are […]

DECC adds £25m to low carbon auction pot

The UK Government has increased the budget for low carbon projects that will be supported under the Contracts for Difference (CfD) scheme. Projects will now compete for £325 million – a £25 million rise, which follows “high levels of demand” for the contracts, DECC said. The extra funding will boost the amount available for “less […]

Majority of businesses ‘lack confidence in planned energy policies’

A majority (62%) of businesses in Britain have expressed a “lack of confidence” in planned energy policies, according to a new survey. It revealed 59% of the 600 senior decision makers surveyed are also “not very confident” or “not at all confident” that current energy policies reflect their needs. Nearly three quarters of respondents think […]

Consumers ‘picking up the bill’ for green energy contracts, say MPs

The UK Government’s contracts for renewable electricity generation has been “poorly conceived and managed” and does not secure best value for consumers. That’s the conclusion from the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) on DECC’s Contracts for Difference, which guarantees a “strike price” for electricity generated by low carbon energy, with developers now set to bid for […]

DECC mulls CfDs for non-UK renewable projects

The Government is considering incentivising the development of new renewable energy projects that would be connected to Britain’s electricity systems but located outside the UK. That means the Contracts for Difference (CfDs) scheme could be opened up to foreign developers, which DECC believes could help improve energy security as well as reduce the cost of […]

UK EMR regulations passed into law

The UK Government’s radical reforms to attract investment in low carbon energy have been passed into law. That means its delivery partners for the electricity market  – the National Grid, the Low Carbon Contracts Company and the Electricity Settlements Company – have got the powers to implement the reforms, which includes the Capacity Market and […]

UK allocates £200m for renewable energy auction

Renewable energy generators will be able to compete for guaranteed payments of more than £200 million a year from October, the Government has announced. It is for the first allocation round for the new Contracts for Difference, which was approved by the European Commission yesterday. The budget will be split into three groups – “more […]

EU approves UK’s capacity market and green subsidy scheme

The European Commission has approved the UK Government’s subsidy scheme called Contracts for Difference (CfDs) which supports renewable energy generation. It also gave the go-ahead to Britain’s proposed Capacity Market that aims to ensure there is sufficient electricity supply available to cover consumption at peak times. Under the CfDs, renewable generators will be paid the […]