Energy: Wind and Solar Power

House of Lords written question – answered on 20th March 2012.

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Photo of Lord Donoughue Lord Donoughue Labour

To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Marland on 13 March (WA 39-40), based on those assessments of individual relative electricity generation costs, what are the estimated total additional financial costs to the United Kingdom economy by (1) 2020, and (2) 2030 of (a) the current policies of generating electricity by including wind and solar power, and (b) a policy of including wind power but not solar power, compared to a policy of using oil, gas and nuclear power without including wind and solar power.

Photo of Lord Marland Lord Marland Conservative

We have not made this assessment. The Carbon Plan1, published in December 2011, includes a range of scenarios for the future electricity market capacity mix based on a range of assumptions as to deployment potential and costs of different generation technologies.

1 http://www.decc.gov.uk/publications/basket.aspx?filetype= 4&file path=11%2ftackling-climate-change%2fcarbon-plan %2f3702-the-carbon-plan-delivering-our-low-carbon-future.pdf&minwidth=true#basket.

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