Britain's wind power capacity could grow by 5 per cent this winter-research

22/10/2020 09:00 Wind

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The analysts said 1.3 gigawatts (GW) of new capacity could come online through March next year, which would take total capacity to 25.4 GW, a rise of 5per cent

 Britain's wind power capacity could grow by around 5per cent this winter as new wind farms come online due to a government support scheme, research by energy consultancy Cornwall Insight showed on Wednesday.

The analysts said 1.3 gigawatts (GW) of new capacity could come online through March next year, which would take total capacity to 25.4 GW, a rise of 5per cent.

The new capacity is largely due to the government's contracts-for-difference scheme, which guarantees qualifying projects a minimum price at which they can sell electricity, with renewable power generators bidding for contracts in a round of auctions.

 

However, the amount of new capacity coming online falls short of what is needed to reach the government's target of net zero emissions by 2050.

Grid operator National Grid says up to 3 GW of new wind assets is needed annually to meet that goal.

 

source:energy.economictimes.indiatimes.com

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