Forthcoming CfD round to be open to onshore wind and solar

The government has announced the next round of the Contracts for Difference (CfD) scheme, opening 2021, will be open to onshore wind and solar.

On 2 March, it published a consultation in which it outlined a set of proposed changes to the CfD auction, aiming for it to continue supporting new generation while providing best value for consumers. The consultation also outlined proposals to include floating offshore wind as well as changes to facilitate the deployment of energy storage.

The government also assured it will remain the case no English offshore wind project can proceed without the consent of the local community. It explained that local communities will have a more effective voice on developments impacting them with proposals for “tough new guidance” on community engagement for onshore wind developers also included.

Business and Energy Secretary, Alok Sharma, said: “Ending our contribution to climate change means making the UK a world leader in renewable energy. We are determined to do that in a way that works for everyone, listening to local communities and giving them an effective voice in decisions that affect them.”

The consultation is to close at 11:45PM on 22 May.