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Energy and Climate Change written question – answered on 24th November 2011.

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Photo of Jon Ashworth Jon Ashworth Opposition Whip (Commons)

To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change

(1) if he will re-open his Department's consultation on possible models for a capacity mechanism to seek views on the issue of phantom megawatts;

(2) what consideration his Department gave to phantom megawatts in its recent consultation on possible models for a capacity mechanism.

Photo of Gregory Barker Gregory Barker The Minister of State, Department of Energy and Climate Change

The recent consultation on possible models for a capacity mechanism considered high level options for a capacity mechanism.

The chosen capacity mechanism design will be announced in a technical update to the White Paper, which will be published around the turn of the year. The detailed design of the mechanism will be developed in the next phase of the project.

The Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change will not reopen the Department's consultation on possible models for a capacity mechanism.

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