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Electricity Generation

Question for Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

UIN 129983, tabled on 15 December 2020

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, with reference to his Department's BEIS Electricity Generation Costs (2020) published on 24 August 2020, if he will publish the empirical, numerical evidence underlying its estimate of (a) stagnant capital and (b) operational cost for (i) Combined Cycle Gas Turbines and (ii) other conventional generation technologies in that report.

This answer is the replacement for a previous holding answer.

Answered on

12 January 2021

The evidence behind the (a) capital and (b) operational cost assumptions for (i) Combined Cycle Gas Turbines and (ii) other conventional generation technologies has been published in a report prepared by Leigh Fisher and Jacobs (2016)[1]. Minor updates to Combined Cycle Gas Turbine efficiency have been made since, as a result of a published benchmarking exercise by Wood (2018)[2], which affects operational costs.

[1] ‘Leigh Fisher and Jacobs’ (2016): Electricity Generation Cost Update’ https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/leigh-fisher-and-jacobs-2016-electricity-generation-cost-update

[2] ‘Call for CCUS Innovation: literature review, benchmarking report and calculator’ https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/call-for-ccus-innovation-literature-review-benchmarking-report-and-calculator

Answered by

Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
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