Energy and Climate Change
Dan Byles (North Warwickshire, Conservative)
To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what assessment he has made of progress towards achieving the £200 billion of energy infrastructure expenditure identified by Ofgem; and if he will make a statement.
Charles Hendry (The Minister of State, Department of Energy and Climate Change; Wealden, Conservative)
The Government recognises the contribution that Ofgem's Project Discovery made to the debate on future investment needs.
The Government are confident that the actions set out in the White Paper and National Infrastructure Plan 2011 will incentivise sufficient investment to deliver secure, affordable low carbon energy. Since May 2010, around 2.5GW of operational renewable electricity capacity has been added to the system. According to National Grid's latest Transmission Entry Capacity Database, around 3GW of other capacity has also been added which includes CCGT capacity and the final 400MW stage of the Britned interconnector. Additionally we have consented 17 Section 36 planning applications with a total generating capacity of over 9GW (renewables 1,601 MW, thermal 7,570 MW).
Additionally licences have been granted to four Offshore Transmission Owners (OFTOs) which represents a collective investment from them of £254 million.