UK Electricity Market Reform – what does it mean for future generation projects?


The UK Government has said that its commitment is to "transform the UK's electricity system to ensure that our future electricity supply is secure, low carbon and affordable". On 12 July 2011, the UK Government's Department of Energy & Climate Change (DECC) published a White Paper setting out its proposals to achieve this (White Paper)1.

In Brett Hillis's recent Alert, "UK Electricity Market Reform - FiT for energy traders?"2, he considers the likely impact of the proposals on wholesale energy and emissions trading. This paper considers the potential impact of the proposals on the energy structure in the UK and, in particular, the likely effects upon future generation projects.

The publication of the White Paper has coincided with the DECC's publication of its Renewable Energy Roadmap3, which signals support for, in particular, offshore wind and relatively modest ambitions in respect of onshore wind.

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