Government turns up power on offshore wind

Rodiano Bonacci
Marzo 10, 2019

Whitehall officials said that by then 70 per cent of our electricity could be from low-carbon sources.

However, Greenpeace said the 30GW by 2030 installed capacity target is "woefully inadequate" in the light of the recent collapse of the Moorside and Wylfa nuclear developments, which it said had blown a 6.3GW hole in the nation's energy strategy.

The offshore wind "revolution" will mean nearly a third of homes and businesses will be powered by offshore wind, and more than two thirds by low-carbon sources including.

The industry will invest £250 million in measures including making sure British companies are competitive and world-leaders in new innovation in areas such as robotics and floating wind and larger turbines.

MHI Vestas vice president Julian Brown said: "Our recent investment on the Isle of Wight is already delivering on the sector deal ambitions, creating almost 400 new highly skilled jobs in 2019, exporting over three quarters of our 2019 output and investing £1m in a four-year skills programme".

The program will convene developing country governments, commercial developers, development partners, and wind energy experts to raise awareness around offshore wind opportunities in emerging markets and lay the groundwork for a pipeline of new projects that could be supported by World Bank or IFC financing. We're setting up a new body to develop the right skills for years to come, not only by offering apprenticeships, but also by helping experienced people from other parts of the energy sector, as well as the military, to make the change into offshore wind.

The move comes under the new Offshore Wind Sector Deal, a joint commitment by the government and the offshore wind industry to grow the renewables sector and provide clean energy to the country.

"This will aid the use of more local content in both construction and operations & maintenance of United Kingdom offshore wind farms, but also in the export of skills, products and services to other parts of the world".

The number of jobs in the offshore wind sector is set to triple, to 27,000, over the next decade.

But Greenpeace said that renewables needed to be scaled up even more. It means the Government's latest offshore wind target of 30 gigawatts by 2030 is woefully inadequate.

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Additionally, it "will look to seize on the opportunities presented by the UK's 7,000 miles of coastline, as the industry continues to be a coastal catalyst for numerous UK's former fishing villages and ports", the government statement said.

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