Electricity Generation

Energy and Climate Change written question – answered on 9th March 2010.

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Photo of Charles Hendry Charles Hendry Shadow Minister (Energy and Climate Change)

To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change pursuant to the answer of 2 December 2009, Official Report, columns 818-19W, on electricity generation: costs, if he will include in the estimated levelised costs associated with 1MW of electricity generated the level of subsidy provided for each different generating technology.

Photo of David Kidney David Kidney Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Department of Energy and Climate Change

Onshore wind receives 1 Renewables Obligation Certificate (ROC) per MWh and offshore wind receives 1.5 ROCs per MWh.

The predicted nominal value of a ROC in 2010 is estimated to be worth £40.55, dropping to £39.34 in 2015 (based on 2008-09 figures). It should, however, be noted that only about 80 per cent. of this value is likely to be passed to the generators through Power Purchase Agreements.

Onshore and offshore wind will also receive a Levy Exemption Certificate worth £4.70 for each MWh of electricity they generate (based on 2009-10 figures).

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