The Department and Energy and Climate Change (DECC) expanded its Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) strategy on Tuesday 3 April. Energy and climate change secretary Ed Davey launched the £1bn CCS Commercialisation Programme, replacing the government's previous CCS competition, replacing the scrapped Longannet CCS scheme. The competition aims to boost innovation and drive down the cost of CCS technologies. It is anticipated the initiative, which is financed using public funding, will help the UK meet its climate change targets and boost energy security by encouraging development in CCS technology. A major change to the reformed competition is that it will be open to gas-powered stations.
On the same day DECC published the Carbon Capture and Storage Road-map. This sets out the steps the government is taking to develop a "world-leading CCS industry" in the 2020s. The Road-map includes the launch of the CCS Ccommercialisation Pprogramme to drive down the cost of CCS technology and planned long- term Ccontracts -for -dDifference through the Electricity Market Reform to drive investment in commercial- scale CCS in the 2020s and beyond.
In response to the government's launch of the next stage of the £1bn competition in support of the UK carbon capture and storage (CCS) cCommercialisation Pprogramme the system operator said it will use its expertise to provide the carbon dioxide transport services to support CCS technology. National Grid believes it will be cost- effective to provide single, large- scale pipelines, into which several carbon emitters in a region can connect. It said this "cluster" or "gateway" approach could deliver the UK government's aspiration for cost competitive power generation with CCS.
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