The U.K. plans to force onshore wind developers to compete head-to-head for the first time with solar generators when they bid for green power subsidies as the nation seeks to reduce the cost of renewable energy for consumers.
The U.K. committed to the world’s costliest power station when it agreed with Electricite de France SA to build the first new nuclear reactors in the country since 1995, according to Liberum Capital Ltd.
The U.K. government’s decision to guarantee as much as 10 billion pounds ($15 billion) in debt for the first nuclear power station in two decades helps ensure Electricite de France SA will support construction of the plant.
Adopting a minimum price for carbon dioxide will do little to encourage investment in the U.K. power sector and risks souring relations with continental Europe, according to Citigroup Inc. and Virgin Green Fund analysts.
Centrica Plc is close to buying a stake in shale gas fields in England, a person with knowledge of the matter said, placing the U.K.’s largest energy supplier at the center of efforts to start producing the fuel.
Severn Trent Plc, the second-largest publicly traded U.K. water utility, rejected a sweetened takeover proposal from a Canadian infrastructure investor and Kuwait’s sovereign wealth fund that valued the company at 5.2 billion pounds ($7.98 billion), saying the offer was too low.
The U.K. government will publish draft strike prices tomorrow outlining how much renewable project developers will earn for each megawatt-hour of power they produce, a Liberum Capital Ltd. analyst said.
The U.K.’s 376 billion-pound ($582 billion) program to switch from fossil fuel to renewable and nuclear power is headed for crisis because of looming energy shortages and spiraling costs, Liberum Capital Ltd. said.
The political reaction to the crisis at Japan’s Fukushima nuclear plant risks cutting output from European reactors over the next decade, making it harder for the region to meet targets to reduce emissions.