12 September 2023
Aldous calls on Government to learn from offshore wind CfD round 5 failures ahead of round 6

Following the Urgent Question on the implications for the offshore wind of contracts for difference allocation round 5, Peter Aldous calls for the criteria applying to round 6 to take account of current economic realities and to focus on enhancing local supply chains.

Peter Aldous (Waveney) (Con)

Offshore wind plays, and will continue to play, a key strategic role in enhancing energy security, achieving net zero and revitalising coastal communities such as Lowestoft. To get back on track, can my right hon. Friend confirm that the criteria applying to round 6 will take account of current economic realities, that appropriate fiscal measures are being considered ahead of the autumn statement and that specific focus will be given to enhancing local supply chains?

The Minister for Energy Security and Net Zero (Graham Stuart)

I thank my hon. Friend, who has been such a consistent champion not only for the power of renewables to meet our environmental challenges but for the economic benefits that come from them. He is absolutely right that the nature of the CfD system is that it learns from the previous auction round, which is the most real data of all, and uses that learning to inform the next round. That is why I am confident that, just as we had a success with 3.7 GW on Friday, AR6 promises to be more successful still.