Insight Energy | Up to 17GW of renewables eligible for CfD AR4

Our ‘Renewable Pipeline Tracker service’ has examined the potential capacity that could enter the Contract for Difference Allocation Round 4. The analysis shows that there is currently 17GW* of technologies likely to be eligible to bid.

This analysis is based on our unique tiering system which assesses viability based on a range of criteria. It covers planning and grid connection status, project sizing, route to market confirmations and ongoing project activity. 

Recent announcements by BEIS have confirmed the CfD AR4 auction will take place in ‘late 2021’ and will look to procure up to double the ~6GW seen in AR3. With a potential of up to 12GW available, it is easy to see how industry eyes are turning to how much of the pipeline could compete.

Currently, a 7.9GW pipeline of offshore wind is eligible. On top of this, the 2.4GW Hornsea Three site and the 1.8GW Norfolk Boreas site are still awaiting Nationally Significant Infrastructure Planning (NSIP) approval. Should this come in time; they could also enter AR4. Across Pot 1 and the remaining Pot 2 technologies up to a further 9GW of sites could be eligible to compete. 

Lucy Dolton, Analyst

Insight energy