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Climate change is the most significant global environmental issue, so policy discussions with mid- to long-term perspectives are ongoing worldwide (e.g., UNFCCC). At the same time, energy is a critical global issue in the current society. Recently, energy demand has dramatically increased in large emerging countries (e.g., China and India), driven by economic and population growth. This tendency will continue, thus raising concerns about energy supplies in the future. Also, because production and reserves of fossil fuels are located in a limited number of countries, other countries, including those in East Asia, that are poor in energy resources and dependent on imported fossil fuels will face potential price-fluctuations and geopolitical risks.
The UK Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) announced on Thursday 26 February the results of the first auctions for the allocation of Contracts-for-Difference (CfD). CfD is a policy under the UK Government's Electricity Market Reform programme for the competitive allocation of support to renewable energy technology projects. 27 CfD contracts have been awarded, that included 2 offshore wind farms, 15 onshore wind farms and 5 solar PV projects, securing support for more than 2GW of new renewable electricity capacity. The total amount of support amounted to a total of £315 million.