The supply-chain plans that developers of UK offshore wind farms will be forced to submit before applying for planning approval may not be available for public scrutiny, the government says.
the UK government confirmed that offshore wind projects larger than 300MW –
which means nearly all future projects – must have an “approved” supply-chain
plan in hand before they can apply for a Contract for Difference (CfD) under
the UK’s incoming Electricity Market Reform package.
applying for a CfD in future, developers will need to include a letter from
government “certifying that they have an approved supply-chain plan”, with officials citing the need for “encouraging open and competitive supply chains”
as its motivation.
ultimately, those plans may not be made freely available for view, officials at the
Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) said today.
government is “still considering” whether to publish the supply-chain plans
submitted by developers publicly, according to one DECC official who spoke to
reporters on the condition of anonymity. “We’ll be setting out final details
government figures have said they expect that at least 70% of the content going
into future UK offshore wind farms be supplied locally – more than double the
current figures at many projects.
government has confirmed, however, that it will not impose binding
local-content requirements, as doing so would flout international law.
head of global corporate affairs at Mainstream Renewable Power, says developers
understand why government would ask for such plans.
“are grown up, we’re sophisticated, we understand that the UK government stands
in place of the British consumer who will be supporting the CfD”, Bruce says.
“It’s only right and proper that British government … should ask for something
“I think we
can have a grown-up conversation about what that looks like,” Bruce tells Recharge.