Plans to upgrade UK energy infrastructure announced

The government has reaffirmed its commitment to spend £730 million of annual support on renewable electricity projects over this Parliament.

The Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy has also set out further details for the next Contracts for Difference auction where companies will compete for the first £290 million worth of contracts for renewable electricity projects.

The second Contracts for Difference auction will result in enough renewable electricity to power around one million homes and reduce carbon emissions by around 2.5 million tonnes per year from 2021/22 onwards.

The department has also outlined proposals for the next steps to phase out electricity generation from unabated coal-fired power stations within the next decade, as part of plans to promote the country’s new, cleaner energy capacity.

In a succession of announcements, the government has launched a consultation asking for views which either support or oppose the installation of onshore wind projects on remote islands, and whether they should be treated differently from onshore wind projects on mainland Great Britain.

Greg Clark, Business and Energy Secretary, said: “We’re sending a clear signal that Britain is one of the best places in the world to invest in clean, flexible energy as we continue to upgrade our energy infrastructure.

“This is a key part of our upcoming Industrial Strategy, which will provide companies with the further support they need to innovate as we build a diverse energy system fit for the 21st century that is reliable while keeping bills down for our families and businesses.”