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Wind Power: Costs

Energy and Climate Change written question – answered on 29th November 2011.

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Photo of Don Foster Don Foster Liberal Democrat, Bath

To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change whether he plans to reduce the cost of offshore wind power.

Photo of Charles Hendry Charles Hendry The Minister of State, Department of Energy and Climate Change

The UK is the global leader for offshore wind and well placed to continue this lead role up to 2020 and beyond. In the Renewable Energy Roadmap published in July 2011 we set out that up to 18 GW could be deployed by 2020. However, to realise this potential will require a substantial reduction in the levelised cost of energy for this technology. We have announced the establishment of an industry-led Task Force to set out an action plan to reduce the costs of offshore wind to £100/MWh by 2020. The Task Force, which is due to report in the spring next year, is chaired by Andrew Jamieson, Chair of Renewable UK, and supported by 15 other members from industry with support from Government and The Crown Estate. The Task Force has met twice since it was established.

DECC is also providing a further £30 million of direct innovation support for offshore wind cost reduction. The first £5 million call for proposals under this scheme was launched on 22 November.

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