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Issue 3482

Policy

Nick Palmer Senior Writer

Government confirms it will not increase the 6GW capacity cap Interim Energy and Clean Growth Minister Chris Skidmore has confirmed that the government is not set to increase the 6GW capacity cap for the third Contracts for Difference (CfD) allocation round to support the UK’s net zero carbon target. It follows a written question posed to the minister on Monday 1 July. On Thursday 4 July, Skidmore responded, adding that based on its understanding of the pipeline of projects, the government has “set the level of the capacity cap to promote competitive tension, whilst delivering significant capacity and ensure smooth delivery of low carbon generation through the 2020s.” Parliament New legislation exempts electric taxis from higher tax rates New legislation exempting electric taxis from the premium rate of vehicle excise duty will work to incentivise taxi drivers and companies to purchase zero emission vehicles and benefit from cost savings. Announced on Friday 5 July, the move will work towards a reduction in emissions and improve air quality by 2050. The legislation is just one of several measures introduced by the government to encourage the uptake of zero emission vehicles, including providing over £20mn to 27 local authorities to install over 900 dedicated electric taxi charge points. Additionally, the government continues to offer up to £7,500 off the price of zero emission-capable taxis through a £50mn grant. Government Government should fast-track the end date of “petrol and diesel” vehicles Speaking in the House of Commons on Thursday 4 July, Labour&...

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