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Offshore wind power is cheaper than new nuclear power in the UK

12 Septembre 2017

The Moray East Offshore wind farm is planned for the Moray Firth and a biomass heat and power plant will be built in Grangemouth.

The cost of subsidies for new offshore wind farms has fallen to record lows in the latest round of contracts being awarded for clean energy projects.

Ministers said the subsidies, paid for by consumers on energy bills, would bring forward enough clean power for 3.6m homes and create thousands of jobs.

As well as a major boost for renewables in the United Kingdom, which have suffered from government subsidy cuts in recent years, today's auction has fuelled a debate over whether ministers should rethink their commitment to new nuclear power to meet the country's carbon targets.

Caroline Lucas, the party's co-leader, said: "This massive price drop for offshore wind is a huge boost for the renewables industry and should be the nail in the coffin for new nuclear".

The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy disclosed Monday the results of auctions for state subsidies for three new wind offshore farms.

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Offshore wind power is cheaper than new nuclear power in the UK

A project led by the University of Strathclyde and Chongqing University will look to use virtual prototyping in the design and optimization of the mechanisms that convert energy absorbed by wave energy generators into useable electricity. "Put simply, this news should be the death knell for Hinkley". The government had allocated £240m-a-year for the subsidies but the competitive prices mean it now expects them to hit £176m-a-year at most. This is in comparison the new Hinkley Point C nuclear plant that has subsidies of £92.50 per megawatt hour. Emma Pinchbeck, from the wind energy trade body Renewable UK said future turbines would double in size.

When a Dutch offshore wind project shattered cost reduction goals past year, we warned that it could be an outlier, but that outlier now has company.

"The Government should now commit to this technology - and scale up investment in offshore wind so that it becomes the backbone of British energy".

Scottish Renewables deputy chief executive Jenny Hogan said: "The results of this latest auction are good news for Scotland, for our environment and for our energy system".

"Offshore wind's success was undoubtedly buoyed by the decreasing costs of capital in the sector and the wider downward trend of subsidy levels witnessed in other European tender processes", said Robert Marsh of law firm Norton Rose Fulbright. Ministers have allocated a further £440m-a-year for further auctions to be held before 2020, but have not confirmed when these might happen.

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Offshore wind power is cheaper than new nuclear power in the UK