Electricity Generation

Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy written question – answered on 22nd March 2018.

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Photo of Vincent Cable Vincent Cable Leader of the Liberal Democrats

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what recent steps his Department has taken to ensure a diverse supply of electricity generation in the next decade.

Photo of Claire Perry Claire Perry The Minister of State, Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, Minister of State (Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy) (Energy and Clean Growth)

We are investing in new power generation technologies that are diversifying our electricity generation and reducing carbon emissions while ensuring security of supply. The Capacity Market is bringing forward a mix of new generation with large volumes of capacity from interconnectors, demand-side response and new smart technologies such as battery storage clearing in recent auctions alongside more traditional gas plant. We are also seeing ever increasing levels of renewable generation. In 2016 renewables accounted for 25% of UK power half of our generation being low-carbon, a record high.

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