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
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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