Business & Energy Secretary Greg Clark has reaffirmed the UK Government’s commitment to provide £730 million of annual support for renewable energy projects during the current parliament.

Clark said £290m will be offered in the next Contracts for Difference auction, which will cover “less developed technologies” such as anaerobic digesters, biomass, offshore wind, tidal and wave.

Clark said: “We’re sending a clear signal that Britain is one of the best places in the world to invest in clean, flexible energy as we continue to upgrade our energy infrastructure.

“This is a key part of our upcoming industrial strategy, which will provide companies with the further support they need to innovate as we build a diverse energy system fit for the 21st century that is reliable while keeping bills down for our families and businesses.”

Clark also unveiled proposals for the next step in closing the UK’s coal-fired power stations.

Island anger

An additional consultation was launched to consider “whether onshore wind projects on remote islands should be treated differently from onshore wind projects on mainland Great Britain”.

Trade body Scottish Renewables criticised ministers for again delaying a decision over support for island projects, while the Renewable Energy Association questioned why onshore wind and solar couldn’t take part in the latest auction.

Scottish Energy Minister Paul Wheelhouse added: “The island projects have already waited for too long for the decision promised by Andrea Leadsom in September 2015.”

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