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Offshore wind farm construction set to rocket

Construction of offshore wind farms could see a boom following today's Energy White Paper, which overhauled the renewables obligation certificates (ROCs) and gave support to new nuclear generation.
Experts told NCE that a new regime for ROCs will see higher risk renewables, such as offshore wind, receive more support, while lower risk technologies, such as co-fired plants, would get fewer subsidies.Engineers also believe that a new fleet of nuclear power stations would help maintain a higher wholesale price for electricity making it easier for renewables to compete.Faber Maunsell director Bob Ayres said that the renewables sector should welcome new nuclear plants: 'The retail price for new nuclear is high because the capital investment is high, the decommissioning is high and the clean up is high and so the energy price will remain high. This is good news for renewables.'

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