10.07.12: Influential research on the cost and impact of wind energy, undertaken by the UK Energy Research Centre (UKERC), will be used as evidence today during an Energy and Climate Change Committee inquiry into the economics of wind power
The public evidence session focuses on the cost benefits of onshore and offshore wind energy compared to other low-carbon methods and will question the appropriateness of cutting onshore wind subsidies, as proposed by the Chancellor.
UKERC Co-Director Dr Rob Gross is delivering evidence on behalf of Imperial College London’s Centre for Energy Policy and Technology (ICEPT) and will use analysis from UKERC reports on the costs and impacts of intermittent generation, investment decisions in electricity generation, and the costs of offshore wind in UK waters.
Onshore wind is among the cheapest of the non-fossil options and although absolute prices for all sources have risen recently due to global commodity prices and market factors, wind costs have declined in relation to other generation options.
UKERC research has also shown that although offshore wind costs have escalated, with the right policies in place, the scope for cost reduction is considerably greater than onshore, since the onshore wind industry is relatively mature and there are more substantial opportunities to bring offshore wind costs down.
Dr Gross will deliver the evidence alongside representatives from the Committee on Climate Change, Grantham Institute and the Global Warming Policy Foundation.
For further information, please contact:
Lindsay Wright, Head of Communications, UK Energy Research Centre
020 7594 2669 lindsay.wright at ukerc.ac.uk
Charlotte Knight, Communications Officer, UK Energy Research Centre
020 7594 1573 charlotte.knight at ukerc.ac.uk
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