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The Probable Cost of UK Renewable Electricity Subsidies 2002-2030

As part of its research program, REF has carried out a study of the costs and implied oncosts of the UK Renewable Electricity subsidies, the results of which indicate that the total cost of the subsidies to renewable electricity generators would be in the region of £100bn by 2030.1
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Download this file (ref info note 20 06 11 .pdf)Cost Estimates to 2030

FiT Performance in First Year

REF has assessed the UK Feed-in-Tariff for Renewable Electricity in the light of its performance in the first year, April 2010 to March 2011
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Attachments:
Download this file (ref.info.note.17.05.11.pdf)FiT Year 1 Info Note

High Rewards for Wind Farms Discarding Electricity 5th-6th April 2011

In the recent April Operational Forum, National Grid revealed that substantial “constraint” payments were made to a number of Scottish wind farms in the first week of April1.  A constraint occurs when the grid system or a section of the system is unable to absorb all the electricity being generated, and some generators that are contracted to generate must be asked to stand down.

The April event occurred because the Scottish grid network could not absorb all the energy being generated, and chose to constrain wind power off the system, paying very high prices to compensate wind generators for the lost income, in some cases as high as 20 times the value of the electricity which would otherwise have been generated. In total approximately £890,000 pounds was paid over a few hours to six wind farms, these costs being ultimately destined to pass on to the consumer.
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Renewables Output in 2010

Summary

The United Kingdom failed to reach its 10% renewable electricity target for 2010, producing only 6.5% of electricity from renewable sources.

This shortfall occurred in spite of a subsidy to renewable generators amounting to approximately £5 billion in the period 2002 to 2010.
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New Study Confirms REF Intermittency Findings

A new report from Pöyry1, available to the public in summary form as The Challenges of Intermittency in North West European Power Markets, crystallizes the current state of discussion of the degree to which a geographically distributed wind fleet connected by a European Supergrid could resolve the impact of wind intermittency on the electricity system and its markets.
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Low Wind Power Output 2010

In today’s Times (02.02.11) it is reported that Scottish and Southern Energy (SSE) has published data confirming that its wind turbine fleet has reported a 20% reduction in energy generation in the last year. SSE is said to have released this data in response to requests from concerned shareholders.1
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Download this file (ref on 2010 wind performance 02 02 11.pdf)Wind Performance 2010

REF Response to Re-Consultation on NPS - EN-3

REF has responded to the DECC consultation on the Revised Draft National Policy Statement with particular emphasis on EN-3 the Renewable Energy Infrastructure and related documents.

 
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REF Response to Draft Guidelines on Fundamental Electricity Data Transparency

The European Regulator's Group for Electricity and Gas (ERGEG) is consulting on a European wide requirement for data transparency in the electricity sector.
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REF response to Govt. Consultation on EIA Regulations 2010

REF response to Govt. Consultation on EIA Regulations 2010


REF Response to ROO2011

REF response to the consultation by the Department for Energy and Climate Change on the Renewables Obligation Order 2011.
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