Wind Power: Costs

Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy written question – answered on 12th September 2018.

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Photo of Alan Brown Alan Brown Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Transport), Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Energy)

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what estimate his Department has made of the levelised cost of energy of new onshore wind projects.

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)

BEIS’s most recent assessment of electricity generation costs can be found in the generation costs report (2016)[1] which covers both renewable and non-renewable technologies.

The following table gives the most recent levelised cost estimates for onshore wind in a range of commissioning years.

Table 1: Levelised cost estimates for onshore wind projects commissioning in 2020, 2025 and 2030 (£/MWh, 2014 prices)

2020

2025

2030

Onshore Wind >5MW UK

63

61

60

We are currently undertaking a review of our evidence on levelised costs of electricity generation.

[1] https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/566567/BEIS_Electricity_Generation_Cost_Report.pdf

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