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Energy: Wind Turbines

House of Lords written question – answered on 3rd February 2011.

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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 19 January (WA 32), whether the statement that "DECC calculations suggest these levels of wind imply a subsidy cost of around £5 billion in 2020" refers to a subsidy of £5 billion in 2020 or cumulatively by 2020.

Photo of Lord Marland Lord Marland The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change

The statement refers to the projected subsidy cost of wind in 2020, not the cumulative subsidy cost to 2020.

We are currently reviewing the level of support for all renewables technologies and will consult on any changes to renewables obligation (RO) bands this summer. As part of that process, we have asked our consultants Arup and Ernst & Young to provide updated assumptions on potential deployment and costs for each renewable electricity technology. The RO banding review may lead to significant changes in HMG's assessment of likely expenditure under the RO in 2020.

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