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Wind Power

Question for Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

UIN 68983, tabled on 3 November 2021

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what the preferred back up capacity is for electricity generation when there is little wind.

Answered on

10 November 2021

The Capacity Market is the government’s main tool for ensuring security of electricity supply. ​It aims to ensure there is enough capacity to address peak demand in a wide range of scenarios, such as during periods of cold weather or low wind output. The ​Capacity Market is technology neutral. It does not seek to procure specific volumes of capacity from different types of technology. All types of capacity can participate, including renewable technologies, storage, and demand-side response.