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UK confirms 4.5GW green contracts

Eight renewable energy projects totalling 4.5GW have signed contracts under the UK government’s new low-carbon subsidy regime, reNews has reported.

The projects include offshore wind farms, coal-to-biomass conversion plants and dedicated biomass plants with combined heat and power.

The contracts were awarded under DECC’s final investment decision enabling for renewables process that offered an early version of the Contracts for Difference support system that will replace the Renewables Obligation.

The offshore sites are believed to include: SSE and Repsol’s 664MW Beatrice project off northern Scotland; Dong’s 258MW Burbo 2 and 660MW Walney 3 projects in the Irish Sea; Statoil/Statkraft’s 402MW Dudgeon development; and Dong/SMart Wind’s 1,200MW Hornsea 1 off the east coast of England.

Biomass schemes include: Drax’s 645MW conversion project in North Yorkshire; Lynemouth Power’s 420MW conversion project in Northumberland; and MGT Power’s 299MW dedicated biomass CHP project on Teesside.

Energy Minister Michael Fallon said the eight facilities will provide around 15TWh or 14% of the renewable electricity expected to come forward by 2020.

The contracts were laid in the House of Parliament this week.

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