June 2017

Informing Energy Policy with the REPD

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The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) uses the Renewable Energy Planning Database (REPD) to track success in the renewable energy market and Eunomia manages the data in this information source.

We closely monitor planning portals for details of new projects that are 1MW or more across a range of different technologies throughout the UK. BEIS has been able to keep track of nearly 6,000 projects from planning application submissions, through the granting of permissions, commencement of construction, to finally becoming fully operational via the portal we keep up to date.

We make direct contact with developers to determine the current status of projects granted consent which provides key insights on projects that are included in the database. This intelligence helps BEIS keep up to date with industry opinion but it also alerts us to new innovations on the market, such as the co-location of renewables with energy storage and the development of private wire power purchase agreements.

Each month, BEIS receives an up to date version of the REPD alongside a briefing which sets the current level of renewables deployment in context. This panoramic view of the renewables landscape – and the constant changes taking place within it – provides decision makers with the vital information they need when considering the direction of future policy. As such, the REPD plays an important part in informing the UK’s efforts to meet its carbon targets.

The REPD has confirmed that nearly 1,000 solar projects, over 600 onshore projects and another 600 projects of other technologies with a combined peak generating capacity of over 27.8 GW are fully operational and have been instrumental in moving the UK away from dependence on fossil fuels.

Senior Consultant Robert Reid said:

“ The majority of the UK’s renewable electricity capacity has come online in the last five years, and within this time the costs of onshore wind and solar have gone down substantially, enabling them to flourish. New government support through Contracts for Difference (CfD) for less established technologies such as offshore wind and tidal should mean that in another five years we will also be seeing these technologies contributing to UK energy generation. Eunomia will continue to monitor these developments and provide central government with the latest information on changes within the sector.”

Photo Wind Turbine Sanction Hill by Mark Thompson (CC-BY-S.A 2.0), via www.flickr.com