The UK government has an ‘Electricity Market Reform programme’. Two major initiatives within this are to increase the proportion of electricity produced from sustainable sources, as well as to encourage more competition in the market by supporting new entrants or relatively small providers.
As part of this, the government announced earlier this year 8 new renewable projects that by 2020 should be producing 4% of the UK’s electricity supply. Five of the projects are based around offshore wind technology, whilst the other three use biomass conversion. The government’s plan is that 30% of the UK’s electricity supply will be from renewable sources by 2020.