Government to boost offshore wind generation

United Kingdom

Following the UK Government’s recent proposals to band the Renewables Obligation to support the development of emerging renewable technologies, Energy Secretary John Hutton unveiled today, 10 December, the Government’s latest plans to promote offshore wind generation in the UK which could significantly help the UK meet its target of 20% of renewable energy by 2020.

In a speech to the energy industry in Berlin, Mr Hutton launched a Strategic Environmental Assessment of the seas surrounding the UK. This strategic assessment could result in the bulk of the UK continental shelf being opened up to large-scale development which could add up to 25 GW of offshore wind capacity by 2020, in addition to the 8 GW of offshore wind already planned. This would be sufficient generating capacity to power 25 million homes and would require building up to 7,000 turbines by 2020. In addition, the Government is currently working on a regulatory regime to ensure that all offshore wind farm projects will be connected to the national grid.

These proposals would make the UK the leader in the offshore wind farm industry and will be of particularly keen interest to wind turbine manufacturers as well as investors interested in investing in the wind farm industry.