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RenewableUK urges British Ministers to demonstrate greater climate protection ambition

RenewableUK’s new Chief Executive Dan McGrail is calling for UK Ministers to demonstrate greater ambition in the next round of auctions for contracts and urges them to raise the cap to at least 15GW; a 25% increase in capacity.

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The Government has currently set a cap of 12GW for the fourth round of auctions for Contracts for Difference (CfDs) which opens in December and will conclude in the first half of next year.

Over 14GW of clean energy capacity (wind, solar, marine power and other innovative technologies) is already eligible to compete in this year’s auction, and that could rise to over 23GW by the end of the year – including over 16GW of wind - if the immediate pipelines of projects currently seeking planning approval are consented in a timely manner, RenewableUK said.

As a key step to maximise deployment, McGrail is also calling for CfD auctions to be held annually from 2023 onwards, rather than once every two years, to maintain a constant, steady flow of new projects. This will help to smooth out deployment, build up the UK supply chain and enable further cost reductions.

McGrail said: “Accelerating the speed and scale of the energy transition is vital, starting this year with a more ambitious auction to secure 25% more clean energy capacity, and moving to annual auctions as soon as possible. The Government has said it wants to build back better after the pandemic and public support for renewables is sky-high. As the UK is hosting the biggest international climate change summit for years in Glasgow in November, there will never be a better moment to kickstart the Prime Minister’s Green Industrial Revolution”.

Renewable energy has a key role in levelling up, creating manufacturing jobs in parts of the country which need new opportunities. This year alone, we’ve seen a series of landmark announcements including of a new offshore wind turbine blade factory on Teesside, a turbine foundation factory on Humberside and a new plant to make giant transition pieces for offshore wind turbines in Newcastle. This is the start of a decade of delivery – the renewable energy sector is a major engine of job creation in the 2020s”.

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