Chart of the week | To 6 GW… and beyond! Offshore wind in the CfD scheme

The role of Contracts for Difference (CfD) generators in the electricity market continues to expand and Allocation Round 4 (AR4) to be held later in 2021 will expand this role further. By the end of 2020, installed generating capacity supported by the CfD scheme already totalled 5.2GW, providing Great Britain with 22.0TWh of renewable generation. As further projects come online under AR2 and AR3, this Chart of the Week explores those assets scheduled to come online under the scheme in 2021 and their impacts on the wider wholesale electricity market.

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