The process for allocating contracts for difference (CfDs) has attracted cross-party criticism.
MPs at a Westminster Hall debate on 6 January attacked delays in allocating CfDs and the size of the budget earmarked for offshore wind projects. They also warned that the offshore wind sector faced a financial precipice beyond 2020 because of energy policy uncertainty.
The government introduced CfDs last autumn as a new mechanism to support large-scale renewable energy projects. The contracts provide guaranteed electricity generation subsidies over a 15-year period and will eventually replace the current Renewables Obligation (RO) regime.