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Analysis of United Kingdom offshore wind farm performance using public data: improving the evidence base for policymaking.

Aldersey-Williams, John; Broadbent, Ian D.; Strachan, Peter A.

Authors

John Aldersey-Williams

Ian D. Broadbent



Abstract

Policymakers and regulators increasingly need to balance the requirements of energy demand, security and costs, and to do so they need accurate estimates of performance. This study uses public data to assess UK offshore wind farm performance to improve policy decisions. We find that average capacity factors have improved from 34.9% in Round 1 (2001) to 41.0% in Round 2 (2002) projects. Drivers and correlations of performance for United Kingdom offshore wind farms are analysed. The research also addresses problems with existing capacity factor estimates and generates new estimates of inter-year variability of capacity factors, providing a more accurate evidence base for policy and regulatory decisions.

Citation

ALDERSEY-WILLIAMS, J., BROADBENT, I.D. and STRACHAN, P.A. 2020. Analysis of United Kingdom offshore wind farm performance using public data: improving the evidence base for policymaking. Utilities policy [online], 62, article ID 100985. Available from: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jup.2019.100985

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Nov 4, 2019
Online Publication Date Nov 15, 2019
Publication Date Feb 29, 2020
Deposit Date Oct 29, 2019
Publicly Available Date May 16, 2021
Journal Utilities policy
Print ISSN 0957-1787
Publisher Elsevier
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 62
Article Number 100985
DOI https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jup.2019.100985
Keywords Policymakers; UK; Offshore wind farms; Performance; Capacity
Public URL https://rgu-repository.worktribe.com/output/724009