Renewable Energy

Department for Energy and Climate Change written question – answered on 9th November 2015.

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Photo of Callum McCaig Callum McCaig Shadow SNP Westminster Group Leader (Energy and Climate Change)

To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, what recent projection her Department has made of the (a) total installed capacity and (b) generation output of each renewable electricity technology in 2020-21.

Photo of Andrea Leadsom Andrea Leadsom The Minister of State, Department of Energy and Climate Change

In August 2015 DECC published estimated capacity of key renewable technologies through delivery under Contracts for Difference, the Renewables Obligation and Investment Contracts in 2020/21 after cost control measures are implemented:

https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/457313/Estimated_capacity_of_selected_renewable_technologies_in_2020-21.pdf).

We also published an Impact Assessment for the review of the FITs scheme which set out projected installed capacity and generation output under the options proposed:

https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/458662/IA_for_FITs_consultation_August_2015_-_FINAL_docx__e-signature_included__v2.pdf.

The estimated total installed capacity (in gigawatt) and generation (gigawatt hours) from all renewable electricity support schemes (Renewables Obligation, Feed-In Tariff, Contracts For Difference and Investment Contracts) in 2020/21 is set out in the table below:

In 2020/21

Capacity (GW)

Generation (GWh)

Offshore Wind

10.2

38,200

Onshore Wind

13.2

33,500

Solar PV

9.6

9,100

Biomass Conversions

2.2

14,800

Please note that the generation has been rounded to the nearest 100th gigawatt hour.

It is important to note that these estimates include assumptions about policy changes which have been proposed but not yet finalised and which could therefore change subject to the responses received – in particular, the consultation on a review of the Feed-in Tariff scheme, and the consultation on changes to financial support for solar PV under the Renewables Obligation:

https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/consultation-on-a-review-of-the-feed-in-tariff-scheme#history;

https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/changes-to-financial-support-for-solar-pv.

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