Claire Perry has signalled that onshore wind and solar projects will be allowed to compete for subsidies in a future Contract for Difference (CfD) auction. The Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) department excluded established renewable technologies, onshore wind and solar, from last year’s CfD auction. However, in an interview with The House magazine, the energy and clean growth minister said that an auction including these so-called Pot 1 technologies was in the pipeline. She said: “There isn’t a ban, but we will have another auction that brings forward [onshore] wind and solar, we just haven’t yet said when.” Perry has previously said she wants to enable onshore wind projects to compete for subsidies in areas where they enjoy public support. The Conservative manifesto for last year’s general election maintained the government’s bar on new onshore windfarms in England but kept the door ajar for such projects in areas of Scotland and Wales where they enjoy public support.
Edie 26th March 2018 read more »
Caroline Lucas: To avoid the worst of a climate catastrophe it’s clear we urgently need a just economic transition towards a carbon-free energy system. The good news is that we already have the technologies to deliver secure, affordable carbon-free energy to everyone. The costs of solar have fallen 69 per cent in the past six years. Onshore wind costs have fallen 18 per cent in the same period. And a recent Goldman Sachs report forecasts that by 2023, “renewables will be able to operate without government subsidies”. Improving efficiency is the fastest and cheapest way to reduce carbon pollution – and it’s also the fastest and cheapest way to reduce energy bills for Britain’s homes and businesses. A serious programme of cost-effective investments alone could save a quarter of the energy we currently use in less than 20 years, and create hundreds of thousands of jobs in the process. The truth is that it is ideology that’s blocking climate action. If the core of your political project is much smaller government, ever lower taxes, less and less regulation and no constraints on freedom of choice then it’s far harder to admit to climate change being a problem.
Times 27th March 2018 read more »