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Editor: David Keighley
12th December 2013

New subsidy levels for renewable power have been revealed by the Government as part of its Electricity Market Reform policy. Under revised Contracts for Difference (CfD) that guarantee a minimum energy price, large solar schemes and onshore wind - both have seen their costs fall - will initially receive less state support, while offshore wind is set to gain.

Ministers believe this realignment of support will encourage long-term investment in offshore wind, creating jobs, reducing emissions and helping to ensure continuity of supply. Energy Secretary Edward Davey said: "This package will deliver record levels of investment in green energy by 2020. Our reforms are succeeding in attracting investors from around the world so Britain can replace our ageing power stations and keep the lights on."

Meanwhile the UK solar industry maintains that solar will continue to deliver clean power at a very stable price with no unexpected cost fluctuations. Solar Trade Association Chief Executive Paul Barwell said: "This is a technology on track to compete with fossil fuel prices."

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