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Renewable Energy: Northern Ireland

Question for Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

UIN 33835, tabled on 15 July 2021

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment his Department has made of the potential merits for the UK’s net-zero ambitions of extending the Contracts for Difference scheme to cover renewable energy projects in Northern Ireland.

Answered on

20 July 2021

Decarbonisation of Northern Ireland’s electricity system will play a key role in achieving the UK’s 2050 net zero targets. Energy policy is devolved to Northern Ireland. In a consultation earlier this year, the Department for the Economy (DfE) put forward a range of potential policies that could form the basis of Northern Ireland’s new Energy Strategy. This included a proposal to explore the possibility of extending the Contracts for Difference scheme to Northern Ireland. In this context, officials from BEIS and DfE are working together to consider the options.

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