Energy and climate change secretary Amber Rudd has said that details regarding the next contracts for difference allocation round are to be released “in the near future”, Solar Power Portal has reported.
During the first parliamentary questions session for energy and climate change since last month’s general election, Rudd and the minister for energy Andrea Leadsom were quizzed by MPs with the majority of questions relating to last week’s contentious decision to cut renewable obligation support for onshore wind.
The decision to cut subsidy support a year early has caused uncertainty over how CfDs will be allocated in future rounds with Ms Rudd having previously hinted that onshore wind could be excluded from the process, seemingly leaving a far greater allocation for solar projects.
When pressed on the subject, both Ms Rudd and Ms Leadsom failed to give a timetable for when details would be released, merely stating that CfDs were being considered right now and that clarification would be forthcoming in the near future.
The next CfD round is scheduled to take place in October this year.
Ms Rudd was buoyant when asked about her commitment to community energy programmes and in particular solar installations on schools and other public buildings, stating that news on the programmes would be coming from DECC “very soon”.