Head to Head: CfD vs RESS

2022 has been busy for renewable developers in Great Britain and Ireland, with both the fourth allocation round of the Contracts for Difference (CfD) scheme and the second round of the Renewable Electricity Support Scheme (RESS) concluding this summer.

We compared the latest results of the CfD and RESS schemes to better understand the differences in how Great Britain and Ireland are supporting low carbon generation.

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PSO Levy 2022/23: RESS to the Rescue

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New nuclear: BEIS consults on RAB revenue arrangements

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CfD Auction Secures Greatest Amount Of Renewable Capacity To Date

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