Wind Power: Seas and Oceans

Department for Energy and Climate Change written question – answered on 16th December 2014.

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Photo of Michael Weir Michael Weir Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Business), Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Energy and Climate Change)

To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, whether he has made an estimate of the public expenditure which has been incurred by (a) the Government, its agencies and non-departmental public bodies, (b) local authorities, (c) local enterprise companies and (d) charities to support the development and consenting of offshore wind projects which will not now be supported under the contracts for difference regime.

Photo of Matthew Hancock Matthew Hancock Minister of State (Department for Business, Innovation and Skills), Minister of State for Portsmouth, The Minister of State, Department of Energy and Climate Change

National Grid, as the Electricity Market Reform Delivery Body, are currently running the first Contract for Difference allocation round. Under the strictures of the process my Department does not know, at this point of time, information about individual applications, numbers of applications or numbers that have qualified. As a result the Department is unaware of any offshore wind projects that will not be supported by contracts for difference under our Electricity Market Reform project. In addition, any unsuccessful applicant, should there be any, would have the opportunity to apply for support in future rounds.

Furthermore, the Department has not made an estimate of the public expenditure which has been incurred by (a) the Government, its agencies and non-departmental public bodies, (b) local authorities, (c) local enterprise companies and (d) charities to support the development and consenting of offshore wind projects.

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