United Kingdom to conduct next clean energy auctions worth GBP557m in 2019

As part of the clean growth strategy £557 million has been pledged for new renewable electricity schemes such as offshore wind farms

As part of the clean growth strategy £557 million has been pledged for new renewable electricity schemes such as offshore wind farms

Sir John Harman, chairman of the Northern Energy Taskforce and former chair of the Environment Agency, said the strategy, which was being launched in Leeds today, would help the Government meet its commitment to Paris climate agreement.

Scottish Renewables and the Renewable Energy Association (REA) have both welcomed the United Kingdom government's Clean Growth Strategy but expressed disappointment there is no commitment to allow onshore wind and solar to compete for price support with other renewables.

In a 164-page document crammed with 50 low-carbon policies and plans, the Government has planted the seeds for a new era of green economic growth which replicates the offshore wind model and offers major opportunities for United Kingdom plc.

"We now look forward to seeing the outcome of the government's cost of energy review, where we expect to see these lowest-cost technologies recognised as crucial for the delivery of cheap, clean power for Britain's homes and businesses", she said.

"The world is moving from being powered by polluting fossil fuels to clean energy".

"Ministers are seizing the global opportunity to lead on low-carbon economic growth".

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Other components of the 165-page plan indicate the government plans to end the sale of all new conventional petrol and diesel cars and vans by 2040, phase out the use of unabated coal to produce electricity by 2025, and develop new offshore wind and nuclear energy projects.

"We've shown beyond doubt that renewable energy projects are an effective way to cut our emissions, while creating thousands of good jobs and attracting billions of pounds worth of investment".

The news was welcomed by industry groups, especially those representing the "less established" technologies likely to compete for the next auction.

The government in the United Kingdom has published its long-awaited and much anticipated Clean Growth Strategy, which includes a "sector deal" for offshore wind that could see more than 10 GW of new offshore wind capacity developed. Technologies categorized as "less established" in CfD regulations include offshore wind; advanced conversion technologies, with or without combined-heat-and-power (CHP); anaerobic digestion, with or without CHP; dedicated biomass with CHP; wave; tidal stream; and geothermal, with or without CHP. This fantastic cost reduction is a reminder of what innovative industry can deliver when backed by competitive auctions.

"We can not have a low cost, low carbon and secure energy transformation without these technologies", Skorupska added.

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