Wind Power: Costs

Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy written question – answered on 10th December 2018.

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Photo of Alan Whitehead Alan Whitehead Shadow Minister (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy) (Energy and Climate Change), Shadow Minister (Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, with reference to the oral contribution of 21 November 2018 by the Minister of State for Climate Change and Industry to the Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Committee on Carbon Capture and Storage, Question 229, if he will identify the evidence on which the Minister based her statement that onshore wind cost-comparisons are not necessarily particularly accurate.

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)

The Government’s most recent assessment of levelised costs for a range of technologies was published in 2016. We are currently undertaking a review of our evidence on levelised costs of electricity generation.

The cost of developing, building and operating any onshore or offshore wind farm will vary according to site specific characteristics. Levelised costs are a generic central estimate which take into account the range of likely costs associated with developing projects of a particular technology class but are not in themselves project specific.

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