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Over 10GW of renewables projects in the next CfD round

Over 10GW of renewables projects could be competing in the next CfD round: The government announced the reinstatement of ‘Pot 1’ technologies – which includes onshore wind and solar PV – in the next Contracts for Difference (CfD) Allocation Round 4 (AR4) in 2021. Research from Cornwall Insight’s Renewable Pipeline tracker highlights how competitive the…
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Western Link outage and high wind sees constraint cost hit a record

Western Link outage and high wind sees constraint cost hit a record high: The Western Link HVDC suffered an unplanned outage on 10 January, which caused it to remain offline until 8 February. This coincided with record-high levels of wind generation in GB with generation from transmission-connected wind topping 6.3TWh. However, with 2.2GW of HVDC…
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Highest offshore wind load factors recorded since 2015

Highest offshore wind load factors recorded since 2015: Latest research from Cornwall Insight highlights that because of the elevated wind speeds experienced in January onshore wind load factors averaged 42% for the month, and older offshore sites (pre-2016) reached an average of 52%. Newer (post-2016) windfarms fared much better with offshore wind farms load factors…
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Renewables pipeline swells to over 24.5GW

Renewables pipeline swells to over 24.5GW: Latest figures from the Renewable Energy Planning Database revealed that the total capacity of renewable energy and storage projects across England, Scotland and Wales classed as ‘awaiting construction’ or ‘under construction’ stands at 24.7GW of the total pipeline capacity. The majority of this is classed as ‘awaiting construction’. Further…
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Scottish wind farms called upon in the Balancing Mechanism

Scottish wind farms called upon in the Balancing Mechanism: Management of wind resources is a critical tool for National Grid in dealing with system constraints, supply and demand imbalance and increasingly inertia*. Data from Cornwall Insight’s Balancing Mechanism (BM) Service highlights that wind was the first most utilised renewable technology asked to turn down in…
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Scale of future onshore wind and solar PV deployment

Scale of future onshore wind and solar PV deployment Cornwall Insight looks further into the Renewable Energy Planning Database (REPD) that was issued last week. The REPD tracks the progress of renewable projects through the planning system and is used as a good indicator of future renewable deployment. The chart below shows the capacity of…
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